Streets of Gold

*Dated November 5, 2009

The price of gold surged this week to a new record high as India purchased 200 tons of the precious metal. Analysts say this reveals that other world governments are weary of the sliding American dollar, which has been the trading standard. They are doing this to hedge against their U.S. dollar holdings.

As the dollar continues to devalue, the value of gold increases. It is simple supply and demand. As we continue to print money, there is more currency in circulation and the more of something there is… the less it is worth. The result is inflation.

Gold on the other hand is a finite resource. This precious metal is strong and most importantly… rare. The scarcity of this resource gives it value. Because there is so little of it, people want it. Why? Because of human nature. The acquisition of something others do not possess elevates you to a position of dominance.

This dominance means survival.

When death entered the world through Adam, so then did the desire to survive. It was first seen with Cain and Abel. The desire to sustain oneself over the other led to the concept of possession, and possession led to unequal distribution of resources. It is all a product of sin. Therefore to transfer possessions you could either trade, or use a medium that signifies value to the seller.

That is where gold comes into play. It’s rare and pure form has been the standard for worldly value for centuries, because it does not rust or decay.

But…

Gold is still dirt. It is dirt that has been compacted and put through rigorous geological forces. But, it is nothing but refined dirt. What is gold really worth? Nothing! It’s value is in its demand so it’s only worth what we say it is. There is demand because it is rare. And because it is desired, that value can be used to exchange for the purchase of a product or service.

But when you really size it up… it’s all dirt. Actually, we all are! And everything in this world will pass away.

The significance of gold in our world shines light on the significance of ‘streets of gold’ in heaven. This reveals not that the streets of heaven are valuable but rather that gold is WORTHLESS!

The only thing of worth is God, the Creator of all we consume. The glory and magnificance of the Triune God puts all things created in its rightful place. And as it relates to the worlds most precious metal in heaven… yeah, it is good for something… to replace concrete! In fact, the whole city of heaven is made of this perfect gold:

Revelation 21: 18-21

“The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”

The U.S dollar used to be the world standard, it’s temporarily gold, and when His Kingdom comes to earth it will be Jesus.

Praise the name of Jesus, the Triune God, our glorious all powerful Creator.

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