What could possibly be worth more than gold?

We have seen in our study of 1 Timothy 6 that the will to become rich and the love of money lead to terrible, harmful and even lethal consequences. The passion to accumulate gold, silver, money and things drives people to work ridiculous hours, fall for insidious schemes and scams, trample gullible people underfoot, twist and turn the scriptures to suit them and ultimately to reject God and His instruction within His Word. There is no good that comes from making the conscious decision to serve the god of materialism (mammon).

Please join me in looking at a few very simple verses in the Old Testament that keep the whole topic of material wealth and worldly riches in the right perspective. For ease of reading, I have chosen to use the American Standard Version as the text for these verses. Please keep in mind that when the words “instruction” or “wisdom” are used, they can be generally considered as the Word of God:

12But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

13Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

14The deep saith, It is not in me; And the sea saith, It is not with me.

15It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

17Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

Job 28: 12-17

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10Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold.

11For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.

Proverbs 8:10, 11

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13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding.

14For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.

15She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her.

Proverbs 3:13-15

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How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Proverbs 16:16

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7The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul: The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple.

8The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever: The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.

Psalms 19:7-10

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The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.

Psalms 119:72

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Therefore I love thy commandments Above gold, yea, above fine gold.

Psalms 119:127

It is crystal clear that our desire, passion and love should be for God's Word and the instruction and wisdom found in His Word, and NOT silver, gold and precious stones. It is crystal clear that for the person who genuinely loves God and seeks to serve Him only, silver and gold are not the motivation for study and application of the Word of God. It is crystal clear that wisdom and instruction from God's Word cannot be purchased and are worth more than all the gold in the world.

Where are your priorities? What drives you to get up each day, go to work and do what you do in this life? Is it strictly for material gain, either motivated by greed or NEED, or is it simply to honor the instruction from Thessalonians where it says that we are work? There is indeed a very fine line between serving mammon and serving God. Far too many times we fail to see that line and drift into the materialistic realm where we are caught in the snare and tossed to and fro by the evil that is rooted in the love of money.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

You are right, it is a very fine line and we must always be aware of that so we can avoid crossing that line.

Blessings!

K :princess:

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

If we read Jesus for wisdom there is no excuse - crystal clear as you mention.

wmj

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