The Lord Be With You Today!
"Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
(As the Lord encourages His people to look beyond
the circumstances of their present hardships,
among which was their bondage and exile in a foreign land,
He points them to the future He has planned for them,
a future that they yet cannot see with their own eyes,
but one which He asks them to look to in faith.
His promise is that He will not only rescue His people
and deliver them from their present difficulties,
but that He will bring great reward to them.
As a part of that reward, He will restore them
to the time in their history when Solomon reigned as king
and the riches of Israel made valuable metals widely plentiful.
The promise here also contains an allusion to the Temple itself.
All the items inside the Holy Place were made of gold,
while all the items outside the Tabernacle and in the courtyard bronze.
Gold represents the royalty and kingship of God,
and bronze represents the place of judgment
where God accepts the sacrifice for sin.
Today, this promise says to us that the Lord has not forsaken us
to the hardships of our current situations,
but promises us a future of wealth and prosperity
when He brings us into the new season of His planning.
The promise also reminds us that as sinful human beings
we are under God’s judgment, but instead of that judgment
He will give us the gold of His righteousness and kingship.)
and silver in place of iron.
(Just as silver in Solomon’s day was so plentiful
it was readily available to all, so in this future season
the Lord is promising His people they will exchange
the heat of the iron hardships they have experienced.for prosperity.
Figuratively, silver represents redemption,
and the Lord indicates here that our glorious redemption, plentifully available,
will take the place of the iron crucibles we have experienced.)
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones."
(As created beings, we are like wood, subject to decay and corruption,
so the Lord promises us today that He will bring us into a place
where His judgment will remove the curse of death and decay over us.
He will also give us the iron of tools with which to forge implements
that serve His purposes in our lives and can be used for the work of our hands
instead of the worthless stones upon which we walk
and that make our path more difficult.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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