Wednesday, 3 September 2014


In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for disposal of refuse. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Tim 2:20-21.

The aim, I think or deduce, in this small passage is to aim for the shiny bits. In Scripture gold & silver can be presented as completely worthless & of no value in regards to Salvation. So easily it can become an idol or object of trust that takes the place of, or attention away from the Living God & His living Word. You can’t take it with you…unless you’re inclined to think like the Egyptian Pharaohs. I haven’t seen it for a while but every now & then an image would appear in a documentary of lots of smashed jars of clay. I suspect living in a very, very, throwaway society has robbed us of some meaningful ancient concepts as we experience the need to continually recycle, renew or repair. Be that as it may, here silver & gold objects are given a place of honour & purpose by the master of the house (No, not the plastic TV remote).

It goes deeper than pomp & ceremony…there are just some things that are crafted for specific tasks, tasks that the clay & wood are not fit for. In the first place this is Paul instructing Timothy for Christian ministry…a pastoral letter along the lines of a Royal Priesthood, yet all believers share in this holy nation, this blessed body of Christ & His blessed Word. The Dynasties of world views that inhabit the earth & occasionally space will one day cease to be but Christ's eternal rule will be forever & ever amen. Heb. 8:9-13.


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