Now that we are getting things “ironed out” we can go on to the “valuable” metals.
Copper, like iron, is native to Israel and is an interesting and useful metal. It is in the same chemical family as silver and gold. Copper was used in making every day items and it was used in the making of the Tabernacle. Pots, forks, utensils, fire grates, and bases for the tent and curtain poles were some of the items that were made of copper in the Tabernacle. In the Bible, the same word is used for copper and bronze/brass. Bronze is copper with tin or lead added. So we know alloys and metallurgy appeared very early in Israel’s history.
The “copper” in our lives maybe natural character traits and habits, but these personal qualities may be what God wants to use in developing our ministry. Our “copper” may have fears and other peoples expectations added to it just as bronze is combined with tin or lead. I have found that these additions may be either good or bad. In Genesis 37 we read of the dreams God gave Joseph. Joseph had natural qualities that God wanted to use, but the way the story plays out it would seem that he had to add patience and humility and his pride and arrogance had to be removed before his “copper” was ready for use before God and man.
See “iron” in part three.