A 50th wedding anniversary is known as a Golden Wedding Anniversary. Since this is my 50th blog I’m calling it the Golden Blog. I started writing blogs when churches closed due to coronavirus. It was my way of ensuring that the Church of God in Aberkenfig kept on proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ. Who’d have though I’d still be doing it after all this time?

In the Bible gold has a very distinctive meaning. It’s always associated with God, the supreme being, and his excellence. It’s also the very first metal to be mentioned in the Bible. Four rivers flowed out of the Garden of Eden, one of them called Pishon. It says of this river that, “it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good).” (1) Today no one can be certain where was the Garden of Eden, and Pishon and Havilah are lost to antiquity. Two other rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates are still known to us, so we have some idea of the geographical area where Eden was situated, which would be somewhere in the Middle East.

Gold was used extensively to build a tabernacle, which was used by Moses and the Israelites as they travelled in the wilderness. The tabernacle was also the place where God came down to live amongst his earthly people, which I know is a strange concept to grasp, but that’s what the Bible tells us, and I never disagree with God.

Gold is also associated with Jesus. Towards the end of his life the apostle John was given a vision of Jesus in heaven. He says of him that he was “dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.” (2) The golden sash was to make it clear to John that Jesus who was crucified at Calvary is in fact God. He is the Son of God, the supreme being. This is the person who died on a cross; not just a man like any other man, but God who had become man so that he could die for us. Sin is so bad that we are unable to deal with it. It contaminates us, it has killed us spiritually meaning we have no access to God, and it takes away any hope of a positive future when our earthly life comes to an end. However, the Bible tells us, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” (3) God has taken the initiative to deal with our sin. We cannot deal with it so he sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to deal with it for us.

There’s a mention of gold in the last book of the Bible, speaking of a  future day when sin will be a distant memory at best. There is a description of a new city yet to be seen, a new Jerusalem on earth, a city so remarkable that “The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” (4) I guess this is where the notion of the streets of London being paved with gold has come from. It’s never been true of London, but it will be of this new Jerusalem which will exist in a world free from sin. No death, no pain, no darkness. Jesus will be there, and wouldn’t you like to be there with him? You can if you put your trust in Jesus and acknowledge him as the one who loves you and died for you. The apostle Paul described him as “the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (5) He gave himself for you too.

 

Bible References:

  • Genesis 2:11,12
  • Revelation 1:13
  • Ephesians 2:4,5
  • Revelation 21:21
  • Galatians 2:20