Instead of talking about the Golden Rule today I’d like to discuss Hebrews 9 which is one of the most challenging pieces of scriptures, but it is one that mentions Gold a great deal. Gold was considered valuable, especially in Old Testament times and it was also considered a symbol of power and strength. Hebrews 9 is a chapter not about Gold and not about riches, although it mentions copious amounts of the precious metal, but it is a verse about something far more far more valuable when considered fully and understood.
Hebrews 9 pretty much describes a ceremony for the forgiveness of sin. Inside a very holy room inside a holy room sits a golden altar, gold because Gold was important and valuable and made people drop their jaw because of its awesomeness, and sat on this altar was the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was a gold box, again gold because it was a treasured and revered precious metal and this Ark contained three items that symbolised the failure of man, sin – your sin, my sin, anyone’s sin at the time. The three items inside this gold chest were a “Gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant” each of which was representative of sin.