Jerusalem City of Gold

Jerusalem City of Gold
Jerusalem is of gold! Why? Simply because Jerusalem and gold have closely been associated especially during the Bible times. The Bible is full of references of how Jerusalem and gold went hand in hand. Jerusalem was the location of the temple built by Solomon and this temple had no shortage of gold! As we will see in this article, Jerusalem is of gold for sure.

The materials that were to be used to build the Solomonic temple were gathered by Solomon's father, King David. King David had really wanted to build the temple for the Lord but the Lord told him that he could not because there was too much blood in his hands. This blood, of course, included the blood of the husband of Solomon's mother, whom David had murdered! It is in the Old Testament book of First Chronicles, chapter twenty eight, verse two that we are told of how King David informed the Jewish people he was ruling of his desire to build a temple for the Lord in Jerusalem, of gold and other precious materials like silver. And in verse three, David says: “But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and has shed blood.”

In verse fourteen of the same chapter, we see the materials given for the temple in Jerusalem made of gold and other precious materials. Verse fourteen tells us that David “gave of gold by weight for things of gold...” And verse fifteen says: “Even the weight for the candlestick, of gold, and for their lamps of gold...” Verse sixteen continues to say that David gave “gold for the table of shewbread...” while verse seventeen reveals that David also gave “pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls and the cups; and for the golden basins he gave gold...” 

Still with the theme of the temple in Jerusalem of gold and other precious materials, we are told in verse eighteen of the same chapter that David also gave “for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims...”

In chapter twenty nine, David informed his people what he had given. Verse two says: “Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold...” And verse three goes on to say that because David set his affection to the temple of God, he has his won “proper gold, of gold and silver” which he had given to the building of the temple of God, over and above everything that he had already prepared for the temple! Clearly, David was dedicated to what he was doing!

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