Pastor Bill Farrow
“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:14 (Cp. 18:22).
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions in our society today concerns the love of money and the pursuit of material possessions throughout life. In the Bible we see that gold and silver were used as money, to buy and secure various necessary items. When describing various things and people throughout the Bible, those descriptions quite frequently included gold and silver as a part of the description.
Gen 13:2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
Num 22:18 Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.
In both of these illustrations, Abram on the good side, and Balaam on the negative side, silver and gold are not meant to understood and stuff kept in collection or as investments, etc. It is meant to be seen as what it was at that time - a kind of “coin of the realm” so to speak, both falling into the abundance category.
Interestingly, is was at the time of the Romans that copper was introduced as money or useful for expenses and other desirable things. we can see this a bit in the beginning of the days of Jesus...
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