Do we do our own kingdom work? Is it Pharaoh's gold or our own?Aug 12, 2022
Do you love when your children help you make connections as much as I do?!
During dinner one night, my daughter, McKenna, asked me where Pharaoh bought his gold from since there weren't stores in ancient Egypt. So we talked about how there were markets where people would sell or barter excess of what they had or items they made. Pharoah probably had miners that would go out and mine for him and craftsmen and goldsmiths, who would refine, shape, and mold the gold into whatever Pharaoh wanted. Ordinary people would have to go out into the earth and mine their gold in order for it to be refined and molded into something new.
Then I thought about the 10 virgins (Matt. 25:1-12) and what gold represents; kingship, glory, and righteousness.
Well, my mind was blown, per usual!
This walk is a journey. Yes, we stop and camp out in a spot for a while but when He says it's time to pack up and move, we must go. Our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were sojourners in the land of Canaan and surrounding areas. After the Exodus, Israel wandered around the wilderness learning how to walk in His Way before they could enter the land and settle down.
We have to go to new places to experience life and work in the field (world - Matt. 13:38) in order to be refined and purified by the Father and to gain and reflect His righteousness, His kingship, and His glory! If we settle down and plant roots down too early, we risk becoming our own idols.
Pharaoh would never work the fields himself. Instead, he had others do the process for him like the 5 foolish virgins who didn't bring oil to keep their lamps (menorah, beaten from one piece of gold) burning. They relied on others to do the work for them instead of doing it themselves, thinking they could piggyback off of the hard work of the wise virgins. They anticipated a journey that would go their way instead of preparing to journey His way. The 5 wise virgins went out into the earth, allowed Abba to press them through trials and tribulations to produce their oil in order to have enough to keep their lamps burning, attend the wedding feast and obviously put on the bride's garments!
Pharaoh was nothing but his own idol, clothing himself in his own gold; kingship, glory, righteousness.
Humans are likened to trees. We know people by the fruit they bear, which should be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). When we do things our way, we become our own craftsman and our lamps go out. We no longer can reflect His light in the earth, and become useless, lifeless, mute, and lame amongst the nations. (Jeremiah 10:1-16, Psalms 115:4-8)
We all have the ability to wear gold. The choice we are left with is are we going to wear our own or allow Him to adorn us with His!
Adonai told Moses the Israelites would leave Egypt with all their gold and silver and clothing (Exodus 3:21-22) and they did (Exodus 12:35-36). Their clothing was most likely linen made from the flax that grew abundantly along the Nile. Linen is white and represents purity and righteousness, like the linen garments the priests would wear while serving in the Tabernacle.
Gold and silver are metals that can be melted down and shaped into something new. It doesn't matter what nation we come from, we can become part of Israel. He can melt us down, mold us into His lamp, and we can shine His light just like the moon reflects the sun's light.
The issue isn't just getting us out of Egypt, it's about getting Egypt out of us.
When we get impatient and don't wait on Him, we can easily take our gold and make a molten calf (Exodus 32:1-6) and worship Adonai with our own sacrifices and offerings and feasts. This angers Him. We cannot simply come out of Egypt. We must also remove Egypt and it's chametz from us before our hearts become sour. Pharoah forgot who his Creator and his Lord was. He was not a self-made man (Psalms 100:3). Even the Israelites would eventually forget their Creator and Savior despite the Holy One reminding them not to make idols for themselves right after the giving of the Ten Words (Exodus 20:23-24).
Instead we should allow the Master Craftsman to hammer out from one piece of gold (us) a base, stem, branches, cups, bulbs and flowers into a beautiful menorah; His holy and righteous lamp (Exodus 25:31-37; Exodus 31:1-11). Then, and only then, can we be filled with His Spirit and bear His fruit and light with the oil produced from being pressed through trials and tribulations. No other person can do that for us.
It's not easy and it's certainly not always fun, but sister, I promise the refinement is worth it!
Be pressed and be blessed!
- Psalms 100:3
Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
- Isaiah 11:1-2
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
- Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
- Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
*Please Note: the verses used in this blog were taken from the TLV, Tree of Life Version, and may be numbered slightly different in other versions. Thank you!
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