Gold - did you know?
The Land of HAVILAH
Gold is the first and most frequently mentioned metal in the Bible. In the book of Genesis, chapter 2:11 "The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is Gold." Havilah (literally meaning "Stretch of Sand") is the name of various lands and/or people mentioned in the Bible in relation to the Garden of Eden. Havilah is known for its abundance, which goes hand in hand with Gold.
From the beginning it has been a noble metal, highly valued for its weight, rarity, durable non-tarnishing luster, shimmering beauty, ductility, and malleability. Gold in its purest form does not rust or corrode; not even a magnet will stick to the metal of kings and fathers of nations. Gold's rarity throughout history, and even in Biblical times, gave it a monetary value, which made it useful in commercial transactions as well as a measure of wealth and prominence. The color and luster of gold and its resistance to oxidation or tarnishing makes it valuable for jewelry and ornamentation of all kinds.
WHY GOLD AS MONEY
Why is Gold a need, or quite often called a commodity? It's not food, you cannot eat it; it's not water, you cannot drink it. My life doesn't depend on it (which is not quite true), so WHY?
Well the answer is deeply placed within the heart of mankind itself. Let me explain…
Let's say you were to ask a young child this direct question without any warning: “What do you think of when you hear the word „Gold"?” The reason I say to ask a young child is because usually there is none or very little knowledge pertaining to Gold's worth or status on different multiple levels. You might find some of the answers to be quite surprising; I know they have been to me.
YOU CANNOT SEE BEYOND WHAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND
Thousands of years ago, before money existed, man-kind would barter between one another for their goods or services. Let's suppose a wine maker had a bottle of wine worth $30 to produce in labor terms, and a poultry farmer had a chicken worth $10 in labor terms. In a commerce situation, the poultry farmer would purchase a bottle of wine from the winemaker by trading or exchanging his produce (a chicken) for the bottle of wine. For there to be a fair trade, the poultry farmer would have to give the winemaker three chickens. Herein lies the problem in labor terms to the value of the goods: The winemaker might want only one chicken! So the winemaker would then go to perhaps a flour mill owner and exchange his bottle of wine in a trade for bags of flour now worth $10 each in labor terms. When he returns to the poultry farmer, he then has a fair trade in labor terms for the chicken (worth $10) for a bag of flour (now also worth $10). However, then the poultry farmer responds with, "I don't want flour. I want wine," and the problem goes round and round in circles creating havoc or worse, anarchy, inhibiting civilizations from expanding or being fruitful.
For civilization to have expanded into the modern world literally from thousands of years ago between people, tribes, local communities, towns, cities, states and nations, something had to become a medium of exchange between two entities exchanging goods or services. This medium needed to be a representation of equal measure in labor terms for trade to be fair and equitable.
As stated right back from the book of beginnings in Genesis, Gold was first mentioned and became the solution, because it takes men's labor to pull Gold from the earth's crust.
From my perspective, Gold was placed into the heart of man by God himself. It fits His principles for honorable true wealth storage and creation, since the laborer is worthy of his wages. Now with Gold being used as a medium of exchange, our winemaker would simply sell his $30 bottle of wine in labor terms for $30 worth of Gold in labor terms. Then he would approach the poultry farmer and simply give him $10 worth of Gold in labor terms in exchange for the chicken worth $10 in labor terms, and everyone is happy creating an ordered society enabling civilization to now expand.
FAIR TRADE MUST EXIST
The above scenario is a simple explanation as to why Gold or money is called a commodity (a commodity being by definition a need). If money was removed from civilization as we know it today, our societies would cease to function. For a society to keep governing order, money is needed to stop disorder or worse, anarchy, because when goods do not cross borders, ARMIES undoubtedly will!
There are many biblical principles prevailing throughout the many books within the Bible itself. One of them is "Labor Produces Wealth." Another is „Gold Can Only Be Produced By Labor" hence, Gold is sometimes called "GOD'S MONEY" because it fits what the Bible defines as the righteous way of accumulating wealth, which is by labor. However, there are other forms of gaining wealth as in plunder or by stealing through deception, which are unrighteous ways. King Solomon put it this way in the book of Proverbs, Chapter 13:11, "Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase." Again, in Chapter 14:23, "In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty."
Also, approximately 1,000 years later, the Apostle Paul (who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament) in the First Book of Timothy in Chapter 5:18 confirms the righteous side of the principle again, "For the Scripture says, „You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain", and, ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages.’"The point is that gold is the most valuable thing one can possess, according to the Bible, other than knowledge, faith, life and righteousness.
TANGIBLE WEALTH AGAINST ITS COUNTERFEIT
Even in Biblical times, TANGIBLE WEALTH (as opposed to spiritual wealth) has always resided in Gold and Silver.
Throughout recorded history, Gold and Silver have been actual wealth as compared to its counterfeit - currencies made of various things such as mulberry leaves, bark, cigarettes in WW II, sea shells and other trivia, but mostly PAPER. All faiths and all books of wisdom and various holy books have used Gold and Silver as the ultimate form of tangible wealth. In all races and throughout all of recorded history, Gold and Silver have been wealth, stability, and irrefutable riches.
Today all such „instruments" as paper dollars, treasuries, or bonds and stocks are as good as the issuers and no more. A piece of paper with scribbling or a beautiful imprimatur is only as valuable as its issuer. An IOU on a piece of scrap paper given to you by a trustworthy individual is far more valuable than a million pieces of currency from a bankrupt kingdom or nation.
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
It continually amazes me that by far the majority of all populations of all nations (the common man) has always en masse lacked such essential knowledge. They have gone along with the plans and edicts and used their ruler's monies to save. The majority has usually been wrong in all matters of state, it seems.
Throughout history, this has been so. Be it in Biblical or modern times, the majority has usually been proven wrong in their choices of rulers or savings devices. When everyone else does something, I usually do just the opposite. The words of one of the Minor Prophets in the Bible come to mind, being Hosea in Chapter 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
You cannot see beyond what you do not understand!
THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER
If you are religious, an atheist or regardless of what you believe, one can determine from any holy book or history, but especially the Bible, that Gold and Silver are true tangible, physical wealth, which will not burn. These metals have never lost their desirability or ability to purchase things. Gold and Silver have always been a measuring rod to determine value and to compare things with, or graphs and charts wouldn't be comparing how many stocks one can buy with Gold or how many dollars it takes to buy Gold and Silver.
When long lost ships are discovered beneath the oceans or seas, recovery isn't for their rudders or deck planking, which disappeared long ago. It is for the Gold, which after a thousand years beneath the briny deep, is still brilliant, beautiful, and untarnished.
Whether it be secular or Biblical, history is not wrong. Speaking from a Biblical principle perspective, there is an underlying trait which flows all the way through and that is: The principles never change, they are the same yesterday, today and forever. With such knowledge it is not any wonder that the Creator of the Universe Himself would have created anything else other than Gold to be a real store of wealth - money.
Until next time,
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