Using these concepts let us look at Achan (Joshua 7). His sin was one of rebellion and greed but the symbolism behind what he stole is important; he took a Babylonian garment, a wedge of gold, and some silver. He wrapped the gold in the garment and buried it on top of the silver in floor of his tent. The warning is not to wrap what is God’s in the false religion of the world and cover up the true religion that is acceptable to God.
Now that we have studied these metals let us, look at Jeremiah’s ministry again and see the people he observed. In Jeremiah 28, we find Hananiah, a false prophet from Gideon (see Joshua 9). He is the perfect example of lead, he was dragging the Israelites down and hindering them from following God by saying, that the Babylonian’s power was broken and that the items from the Temple would be returned.
Baal worship and worshipers are “tin” in Jeremiah 7. These harden the people of God by giving them a “form of God” and caused the real worship of God to be changed into pagan practices.
Zedekiah was both “copper” and “iron”. In chapter 38:14-28 he showed concern for Jeremiah and had a desire to know God’s will, this shows us his “copper” side. Jeremiah knew he still had an “iron” heart when he told Zedekiah that even when he heard God’s plan that he would not follow it.
In chapter 35 the Rechabites were “ pure silver” when they followed the orders of not drinking wine set down by their ancestors, even in the face of pressure from a “man of God” to do so.
Eded-Melech is “pure gold” in chapter 38 and 39, his concern for Jeremiah and helping him is impressive considering that some officials wanted to kill Jeremiah and anyone who would show concern for him. God was so pleased with Eded-Melech that He promised him deliverance from the Babylonians because he had trusted in God.
So, what kind of metal or metals are you?
Can we change our habits?
Is there anything more important than gold?
In Isaiah 60:17 God said He would do some exchanging of metals, gold for copper and silver for iron, in an effort to show His greatness toward us.
All the sharpening, heating, beating, and blast of wind come into clear view when you read 1 Peter 1:6+7 where we find that our faith is greater than even gold.
And in Psalm 19:7-10 where the law, testimony, statues, commandment, fear, and judgment OF THE LORD are to desired more than fine gold.
The start of this series can be seen at What Type of Metal Are You? Part 1