Summary: To show that our desire should not be gold, perfumes and precious stones but the LORD.
Do you desire gold, perfumes and precious stones? Our delight must be the LORD only.
Psalms 37:4 (Amplified Bible)
37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our desire should not be gold, perfumes and precious stones but the LORD.
Genesis 2:12 (Contemporary English Version)
where pure gold, rare perfumes, and precious stones are found.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are the Source of all wealth, the Blessor and the blessing of the LORD that made us rich, we invest our gold in Your Storehouse and You always adorn us with victory.
Outside of paradise
A. Author: Moses (commonly accepted)
B. Date written: 1450 - 1410 B.C.
C. Purpose: The book of Origins
D. To whom written: People of Israel
E. Main theme: Man's sin and the initial steps taken for his redemption by a divine covenant made with a chosen race whose early history is here portrayed.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Keyword: Beginning
G. Key verse: First Messianic Promise,—Genesis 3:15.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
Genesis 3:15 (Amplified Bible)
3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
These three things are outside of Eden (paradise) and in the land of Havilah.
Genesis 2:11 (Amplified Bible)
2:11 The first is named Pishon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
Gold or "zahab" in Hebrew meaning:
1. shimmer - to glean, to glisten
2. something yellow: oil, clear sky, fair weather
The bible is clear that it's not only gold but good gold. Nowadays, gold signifies the currency or riches of any person. Currency or money is not in Heaven neither in Eden, the paradise of GOD. What this world desires is undesirable with GOD. Because we are GOD's good gold.
Zechariah 14:14 (Amplified Bible)
14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together—gold and silver and apparel in great abundance.
Malachi 3:3 (Amplified Bible)
3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.
Revelation 9:20 (Amplified Bible)
9:20 And the rest of humanity who were not killed by these plagues even then did not repent of [the worship of] the works of their [own] hands, so as to cease paying homage to the demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor move.
Psalms 115:4 (Amplified Bible)
115:4 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
If we are GOD's gold, then our gold here on earth is wisdom and knowledge.
Proverbs 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
3:14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.
Proverbs 8:10 (Amplified Bible)
8:10 Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
Proverbs 16:16 (Amplified Bible)
16:16 How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Proverbs 20:15 (Amplified Bible)
20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of pearls, but the lips of knowledge are a vase of preciousness [the most precious of all].
Proverbs 22:1 (Amplified Bible)
22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Before I thought if I have all the gold in this world, I would be happy and satisfied but think again what King Solomon, the richest king on earth at his time has to say.
Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 (Amplified Bible)
2:9 So I became great and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me and stood by me.
2:10 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and this was my portion and reward for all my toil.
2:11 Then I looked on all that my hands had done and the labor I had spent in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it, and there was no profit under the sun.