The Only Money God Ever Made, Part 2

August 16, 2021

DEFINITION: Money is something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment, such as an officially coined or stamped metal currency.

It didn't take our ancestors long to realize that barter didn't work well. Joe might need some firewood, and he has some chickens to trade for them. Sometimes he might find that his neighbor Sam has some firewood and is also hankering for a finger-lickin' good chicken dinner. But more often than not, that was not the case. What to do? They figured out that if most everyone would agree that something that was valuable, measurable, and durable enough to be a store of value, they could use it as a medium of exchange. So now, instead of searching for someone who wanted to buy his chickens who also had firewood, Joe could just sell his chickens for gold or silver, and use that money to buy firewood. Sam could do the same with his firewood. And they all lived happily ever after.

The point here is that God made the money. People have tried to use other things as money substitutes, but gold and silver have been the only universally accepted money in hundreds of civilizations for thousands of years. Why didn't god give us stones or acorns to use as money? Because another essential element of REAL money is rarity. All the gold ever mined in the history of the world would fit in two Olympic-sized swimming pools. Joins us as we explain the Scriptural basis for precious metals as money, and learn the fascinating history of real money. God never made paper money because it is so easily manipulated by politicians and bankers for their own profit. He made real money that would protect His people's hard work and the assets they earned.
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