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The Gold Rush

Philosophy View Of Gold Rush

A situation in which a lot of people try to take advantage of an opportunity because they have heard that they might make a lot of money.

Biblical View Of Gold Rush

That the trial of your faith (being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tested with fire) might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:7 KJV

Why is it that most people seem to want to be rich? For the most part they tend to be going after the wrong kind of wealth. The world is full of people trying to do everything they can to accumulate material wealth. The lifestyles of the rich and famous are fascinating. Many people hope that their gold rush will give such sweet results. Along with the desired rewards however, comes the effort to protect the gold they already have. Security system locks them in and the rest of the world out. Accumulating wealth can put people at risk.

It is understandable why the Psalmist uses the symbols of gold and honey to contrast the value of God's word. The law of the Lord (his precious words to us) are more desirable than gold even the finest gold.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalm 19:9-10 KJV

Another Psalm repeats the idea Your law is more valuable to me than a million in gold and silver.

The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of golds and silver.

Psalm 119:72 KJV

While accumulating wealth puts us at risk of losing it, accumulating knowledge and understanding of God’s word only enriches us. The Psalmist gives us a few important points:

1.How our souls are revived when we have wisdom.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 19:7 KJV

2. Our souls are filled with joy and we are given insight into life.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalm 19:8 KJV

3. God’s laws are true, fair and eternal

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psalm 19:9 KJV


The story of the chief tax collector Zacchaeus can be found in the book of Luke which is part of the synoptic gospels, because they look at things in a similar way, or they are similar in the way that they tell the story.

Zacchaeus was one of the head tax collectors in the region of Jericho, according to the Bible he was a rich man, he was from the tribe the Jewish. He was scorned by his own countrymen because he was known for cheating the taxpayers; and he worked for Romans. Many tax collectors were dishonest, and they abused the system to get wealthy (gold rush) by taking far too much money, so tax collectors often forced people to pay far more than they actually owed, and they kept the excess. The beauty of this story is that Zacchaeus realized that what he was searching for was not in gold or silver, the wealth he needed could only be found in our Lord and Master.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s laws are also described as sweeter than honey dripping from the honeycomb because they warn us away from harm, and there is a great reward for those who obey them. Psalm 19: 9-10

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Psalm 19:9-10 KJV

That is sweet, Spiritual riches are found in biblical knowledge. Sweet success lies in living out that knowledge. What are you rushing after, to be involved in gold rush without eternal dividends?

There are many people today who are from wealthy families and grew up with every material blessings. As they chose to become Christians, they would discover that Christ was their greatest treasure and in him alone lay satisfaction. Paul reminds us that in Christ alone lies hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:3 KJV

I found this to be true. There are eternal riches in knowing him. Only in him can we find true contentment.

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