Drinking the Gold is from Exodus 32 and Deut 9 -- one of the strangest stories in Scripture!
Moses came down from the Mountain and found the people worshiping the golden calf . It was a scene that made him so mad he threw down the tables of the ten commandments and broke them!
I'm told that some people today recommend drinking gold dust, based upon the testimony of the Scripture. (And lots of people mimic Moses in breaking the Ten Commandments...)
But what about this weird story? The Old Testament doesn't explain it at all, and the Book of Exodus leaves out some of the story -- the part about throwing the powdered gold into the brook that descended out of the mountain is from Dt9:21. It would seem the Israeli's were required to scoop up and drink handfuls of water mixed with gold-dust from the brook. To what purpose, I wondered?
Then I chanced to come across a book in a
Christian bookstore: "The Chemistry of the Blood", by
Dr. M.R. DeHaan. It informed me that gold dust in a colloidal
solution with water had the appearance of blood! Evidentally it's
something known to artists who paint ceramics, etc. Now it's been
quite a few years since I read that book, but I recollect the
author going on to say how the Children of Israel had recently
left Egypt where God had said when He saw the blood he would
PASSOVER them (an atoning action). His conclusion was that Moses
had them drink the so-called blood to atone for their idolatry.
That makes sense, doesn't it?
At first, it did. But then I recalled a pre-Law commandment to Noah which said they were prohibited from eating with the blood, Gen9:4, and the contradiction bothered me. Surely Moses knew the Kosher practice kept them from partaking of blood--I asked myself why Moses didn't just have them wash with that so-called blood, instead of having them drink it. Wouldn't that have satisfied the atoning action?
Maybe you can imagine my excitement when revelation finally came! COMMUNION!
The "most precious blood of Jesus", 1Pet1:19, is what we drink in taking communion -- and He's the Word of God which in Psalm 19 is compared to much fine gold. The so-called blood which Moses had them drink wasn't biological blood, and neither is the communion cup which we partake of under the New Covenant. Figuratively speaking we're drinking His blood, but also the most fine gold, in our toasting of the New Covenant! It's still an atoning action!
So how long has it been since you've taken communion??
Folks sometimes pooh-pooh the allegories, claiming that anybody can interpret the Bible anyway they like. Well, yes... but the Bible teaches interpretation by way of the dreams and visions and the interpretation of them. In the New Testament it's one of the gifts (or manifestations) spoken of in 1Cor12.
In the two dreams of Joseph, it was his brothers and parents who interpreted them and accused him of being the sheaf of wheat and the star that they would bow to. The two dreams of the Pharaoh were similarly interpreted, and we learned how the two were one, and that seven years could be symbolized by seven cows as well as by seven ears of corn.
Then the Butler dreamed of a VINE which grew three branches bearing grapes. In the dream he took the Pharaoh's CUP and squeezed the juice into the cup. Joseph interpreted and told him his dream meant Life -- in three days the Butler would be restored.
Now the Baker dreamed something similar -- In his dream, he had three white baskets on his head and the birds were eating the bread (bakemeats) from the uppermost basket. Again Joseph interpreted, but this time the news was not good. In three days, he told the Baker, he would be taken out and hung. His dream meant death.
The three branches and the three baskets both meant three days according to Joseph. These two dreams might be considered simply strange (some might say charming), but they happen to also concern the bread and wine sacraments of the New Covenant. Is it really coincidence that the Communion Cup represents eternal life in Christ Jesus, and that it meant LIFE for the Butler?
But what about the bread, you ask? Well, of course Jesus is the true bread (John 6), and the way I see it is that the Baker had the wrong kind of bread in his top basket. You're entitled to your own opinion (or interpretation), but when the bread comes from your own head, you're dead!
The white baskets? Jesus spoke of the religious folks of his day who were like whited sepulchres which appear outwardly beautiful but were filled with dead men's bones. Mt23:27.
So it seems to me that the Life & Death dreams of the
Butler and Baker is an allegory which teaches figuratively the
truth of what Jesus said plainly. It adds a further dimension to
the totality of the sixty-six books and how they all fit
together. More about the third day subject is brought out in the
segment "Six Days for Mankind".
King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream, but then forgot it!
His dream doesn't seem to have any relationship to Communion, but it does concern that most precious of metals--GOLD. The story is found in Daniel chapter two concerning this king who against all reason expected someone to tell him what he'd dreamed! His wise men told him nobody could do such a thing (that it was a rare thing, he required), but that they'd be very happy to interpret his dream if he would tell them what it was.
The furious king declared that the wise men would have to tell him his dream, and tell him the interpretation of it, or else they would all be destroyed. It seems he didn't trust them or believe they were really wise-men unless they could also tell him what he'd dreamed.
So all the wise men of that kingdom were going to be executed,
except that Daniel learned of it, and prayed to his God, and got
word to King Nebuchadnezzar that he would tell him what he'd
dreamed. Seems impossible, doesn't it? Then Daniel told the dream
-- that the king had seen a great image of a man with a head of gold,
arms and chest of silver, and thighs of brass.
Moreover the image had legs of iron, and his
feet were partly iron and partly clay. Then a stone landed on the
feet of the image and broke it to pieces so that it fell somewhat
like Humpty-Dumpty and was scattered by the wind. Finally, the
stone became a great mountain that filled the whole earth. That
was his dream: short and sweet, so to speak
P is for Poem King
FOUR HEADS! Daniel interpreted the dream and said that the king himself (King of Babylon) was the Head of Gold, and that the silver represented a second kingdom to come, and the brass a third kingdom to follow, and finally a fourth kingdom represented by the iron.. Later, in the eighth chapter of Daniel, we come to understand how the four kingdoms are Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Later still, in Matthew 21:42, we learn how Jesus is the Stone which the builders rejected -- certainly a poetic way of describing His rejection by those religious authorities: the Pharisees and Sadducees
Folks today regard "Jews for Jesus" nearly as an oxymoron, forgetting how those first "Christians" were Jews who knew the Scripture and recognized how Christ fulfilled the O.T. by going to the cross. Ironically, the Orthodox Jews of today are looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, as are the Christians. Each in their own way, behaving and conducting themselves according to what they believe.
Most any encyclopedia will confirm how Media-Persia ruled after Babylon, and then Alexander the Great from Greece ruled after that, bringing the Greek language of the New Testament to the holy land. He is reported to have died in the palace in Babylon, at the age of thirty-three, about 300 B.C.
Kings and kingdoms are surely a prime subject from Scripture, leading to the Revelation truth of how Christianity leads to the Kingdom of Heaven (or the Kingdom of God), and how His followers are first called salt, light, clay, branches, living epistles, lively stones, sons, and finally Kings & Priests. Rev1:6, 5:10.
Another consideration about this dream of Nebuchadnezzar concerning an "image of God". His actions in requiring everybody to bow down to his golden monument (sixty cubits high by six cubits wide) seem childish in the extreme. It seems to me he's the "Golden Head" who is figuratively a BABY--the infancy period of mankind.
Media-Persia (a split kingdom) would be the YOUTH of silver who begins to make decisions as he matures. Choose this or that, go left or right--and his culture and teachers help mold him.
Greece, the 3rd kingdom of brass, is where ADULTS begin to think about raising a family and feeding them. Suddenly, as the belly and thighs dictate, they leave puberty and former brash youthful pursuits. We hope.
Finally, the iron kingdom of Rome represents maturity and the two legs of East-West philosophy. In the West it's the Roman-Catholic doctrine, and in the East it's the Russian/Greek Orthodox. These two legs of Christianity have been primarily responsible for the custody and dissemination of the Holy Scriptures. The feet of clay would apply to the natural or earthy reason, but the feet of iron would refer to the doctrine of Scripture: "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace". Eph6:15.
Do you suppose the Author of Scripture understood the principle of how a magnet will attract iron, but not gold or silver or brass? I'm thinking of how Jesus said "I'll draw all men to me" and how those "in Christ" will be rising to meet Him in the sky. 1Thes4:17. That is; those having the same composition as the 'magnet'. "Christ in them; the hope of glory!"