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Gold

Exodus 25:17
And you shall make an expiation cover of pure gold: two and a half cubits shall be its length, and one and a half cubits, its width.

Exodus 25:31
And you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand with its base and its shaft shall be made of beaten work; its cups, its calyxes, and its blossom buds shall be of one piece with it.

1 Peter 1:7
So that the proving of your faith, much more precious than of gold which perishes though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Corinthians 3:12-13
But if anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, stubble, The work of each will become manifest; for the day will declare it, because it is revealed by fire, and the fire itself will prove each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Revelation 21:18
And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

Gold is one of three precious (arguably the most precious) metal to human civilization since recorded history.

Historically and economically speaking, gold has also been widely used throughout the world as a vehicle for monetary exchange, either by issuance and recognition of gold coins or other bare metal quantities, or through gold-convertible paper instruments by establishing gold standards in which the total value of issued money is represented in a store of gold reserves.

Chemically speaking, gold  is a chemical element with the symbol AU with an atomic number of 79. And it exist in solid phase under natural condition (25C, 1 ATM).

Physically speaking, gold is dense, soft, shiny and the most malleable and ductile pure metal known.

  1. Density: 19.30 g·cm−3. A cubic meter weighing 19,300 kg. By comparison, the density of lead is 11,340 kg/m3, and that of the densest element, osmium, is 22,610 kg/m3.
  2. Softness: Pure gold is too soft for day-to-day monetary use and is typically hardened by alloying with copper, silver or other base metals. The gold content of alloys is measured in carats (k). Pure gold is designated as 24k.
  3. Shininess: Whereas most other pure metals are gray or silvery white, gold is yellow. Pure gold has a bright yellow color traditionally considered attractive.
  4. Malleability and Ductility: Gold can be hammered, beaten, and shaped yet without breaking. A single gram can be beaten into a sheet of 1 square meter, or an ounce into 300 square feet. Gold leaf can be beaten thin enough to become translucent.

Knowing that gold is a scriptural symbol for God’s divine nature, I dig a little deep on why it is so.  We all know that gold is precious and shiny, which draws a perfect analogy with God’s divine nature: The divine nature inside of us is precious and it expresses God through us. The gold is also dense and weighty, indicating that a Christian is constituted inside and full of gravity in behavior.

But what impressed me was that gold is the most soft, malleable and ductile metal among all materials. It leads me to think of the precious materials needed for God’s building. The purpose of spiritual growth in the divine life and nature is God’s corporate building, not individual spirituality. And to be built properly into the building, we need to be not only precious materials but also builtable materials. I think those who are the most builtable are those who are the most flexible and malleable, which means that they can adapt to all kinds of conditions and be built up with all kinds of people. Those who are not malleable are not builtable, and, hence is not precious. In God’s view, preciousness is probably equal to builtablity and malleability.

In the light of the property of gold in the physical realm, let’s be inspired to be malleable and precious materials for God’s building in the spiritual realm. Amen.

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