What the Liver and Gold Tell Us About the Weight of God's Glory
The following installment is a bit of a biological object lesson as it concerns the Hebrew words "liver" and "glory."
The reason we will be able to connect these two words is rooted in how the Hebrew language functions. When certain words are spelled the same in Hebrew, such as "glory" and "liver" are, one of the terms can give an illustration of the other.
This lesson will reveal how the biology of a liver will add another dimension to our understanding of the word "glory" from a biological perspective.
Agriculture Biology and Language
The vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew is small in terms of word number count, but it is enormous in concept comprehension. There are many tools built right into the language itself that can be very useful in shaping our conception of the meaning of a word.
The method exhibited in this lesson is called agri-bio linguistics. The video connected with this section contains more in-depth teaching done by Brad Scott from "Wildbranch Ministries. Brad explains how the ancients understood the Hebrew language through the concepts of agriculture and biology.
Word associations are continually changing, which can lead to an incorrect understanding of the context and meaning of the Scriptures. Agriculture and biology are things that haven't changed much over time, and this makes them extremely reliable concept reference tools in terms of word meaning consistency.
The Heaviest Internal Organ
With the above understanding, it will be advantageous for us to make some observations about the liver and see what it might be showing us about glory.
To begin with, one of the liver's most notable and prominent features is that it is the heaviest organ inside the human body. The weightiness of the liver reveals that glory has to do with being heavy in substance.
Paul connects weightiness with glory when comparing light momentary afflictions with an eternal weight of glory, in his letter to the Corinthians.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
— II Corinthians 4:17
God's Glory is Heavy
An Old Testament connection with the weight of God's glory unfolds at the dedication of Solomon's temple.
. . . indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
— II Chronicles 5:14
The glory of the Lord that filled the house was so heavy that the priests could not stand.
. . . But Mary kept all these things and pondered (weighed) them in her heart.
— Luke 2:19
"The word "ponder" means to weigh. Make ready the balances of judgement. Oh, but where are the scales that can weigh the Lord Christ? . . . Weigh the riches of Christ in scales and his treasure in balances"
— C.H. Spurgeon
The Value of a Liver
The liver is the greatest, in terms of size, compared to all other internal organs, exampling the greatness of God's glory.
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.
— Psalm 138:5
The liver is valuable to all other body functions. It regulates sugar, protein, and fat, as well as filters out toxins. It manages, distributes, and stores nutrients, just to name a few of its essential tasks.
Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
— Psalm 148:13
Glorifying God is knowing that He is vital and significantly relevant to our existence and functions in this life as well as the one to come. Considering God necessary means that we give Him our attention as we would something precious and live as if He matters significantly to us.
...Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
— Psalm 29:1
How much weight are we giving Him in our lives? How much weight does His Word carry in our thoughts and behavior?
Glory and Gold
The liver's exceptional value and weight also connect us with the concepts related to glory and gold.
In relationship to glory and the liver, one of gold's most important characteristics is its weight hence the phrase "worth its weight in gold."
Gold in scripture is symbolic of tried and tested faith in the goodness of God Faith finds its exhibit in a life that glorifies Him.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
— I Peter 2:11-12
How we live gives glory, weight, and substance to the world.
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves . . . may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God . . . that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy . . .
— Romans 15:1-9
Gold Refined in the Fire
Jesus, also, equates precious, refined gold with a life that is heavily weighted with worship and obedience to Him, as expressed in terms of hearing.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed,that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’
— Revelation 3:15-21
The things the Laodiceans appeared to esteem, and that weighed the most to them, were their wealth and self-sufficiency rather than faith in Him. They seemed to have no idea that these materials and interests had no weight nor value in God's Kingdom.
Jesus counsels them to purchase something more substantial, valuable, worthy, and weighty - gold refined in the fire.
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.
— Isaiah 55:1-3
Buy and Balance With Your Ear
How does one purchase gold refined in the fire?
Both Revelation and Isaiah inform us that we buy gold refined in the fire with our ears. "If anyone hears my voice," "Listen to me," "Incline your Ear," "Hear."
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
— Romans 10:17
In the Garden of Eden, Eve purchased a lie with her ears as she inclined them to the crafty serpent. The proposition of the snake weighed more in the balances of her estimation than God's command. The scales were tipped heavily in favor of her desire.
A transaction occurred. Eve traded her faith in the truth that afforded an eternal life, for a lie, by lending her ear to the serpent's offerings, and she received a lies' just wages of death.
. . . the wages of sin is death . . .
— Romans 6:23
This scene relates to Jesus's warning in the parable of the sower about how we hear. He explains that when we listen with self-serving intentions, we lose.
Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
— Luke 8:18
If our ears are weighted with the lies of self-serving interests such as "cares, riches, and pleasures of life," as noted in the parable, what we think we are buying will be taken. A properly balanced life can only be obtained by weighting our thoughts, desires, and decisions with the importance of hearing and obeying God.
those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience
— Luke 8:15
James warns us.
"Do not deceive yourself by being a hearer of the word only"
Faith is substantiated and evidenced in how we live. Our actions will speak loudly of what bears most weight to us
The root word for scales and balances in Hebrew is "ozen," which also means ear, another agri-bio-linguistic revelation.
The ears from a physiological standpoint are not only listening devices, but they are also the control centers of our equilibrium. When fluids become improperly balanced in our ears, we can become unstable and unable to stand upright.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright
— Psalm 20:7-8
Vertigo can occur when additional fluid enters into one chamber of the inner ear, breaks open and leaks fluid into another chamber. When deception occurs, it is the result of other material added, mixed, and weighted against the truth. Deception creates an imbalanced perspective resulting in self-centered decisions and a life that can quickly spiral out of control.
This topic is also relative to God's command to not use false scales and measures in the Bible.
Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
— Proverbs 11:1
Using false scales in terms of deception has to do with making something appear weightier than it is for personal gain or profit, and that can apply to much more than the measure of physical objects.
Notice as well that we have two ears indicating they are tools of discernment.
Does not the ear test words
— Job 12:11
Day two of creation was the day that God divided light and darkness. This division symbolizes for us the discerning and distinguishing between the two. He designed us to separate, discern, and refine what we hear by giving the correct weight and value to the truth to live a balanced life. This type of refinement is precisely what the liver does with the food and liquid we digest.
“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him;
— I Kings 18:20
Gold and Faith
Gold and faith are both refined and purified by fire.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls...Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
— I Peter 1:6-9, 4:12
When our faith is in the greatness and weightiness of God, when what He says matters to us despite circumstance and trial, when life wants to see what we are made of and our faith is in Him, then our lives will be one of substance and value. People have lived and died for gold. Trust in God and eternal life with Him is worth more precious than gold.
. . . When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
— Job 23:10
One method of gold mining is to scoop material from a river and swish the contents around in a pan. The swishing allows the lighter material to come to the surface where it can be discarded. The heavier material (gold) settles to the bottom. A gold miner would continue this process until most of what remains are gold nuggets. There are times when the Lord sifts us as such. He is looking for gold.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
— Heb 12:25
When He comes back after all the sifting of this life, will He find faith in us?
when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
— Luke 18:8
The Malleability of Gold
Another characteristic of gold is that even though it is one of the heaviest metals, like the liver, it is also the most pliable and versatile metal. It is so soft it can be scratched with a fingernail.
“You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
— Exodus 28:36
As our faith comes forth as pure gold through test and trial, He will inscribe on our lives His holiness. May we be as pliable and malleable as gold in our faith as we trust him in and with everything.
. . . Today, if you will hear His voice “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness . . .
— Psalm 95:7
Even though gold is very malleable, it is also virtually indestructible. Gold has an extreme chemical resistance that is not affected by acids or alkalis, and it does not rust like iron when exposed to water or oxygen. When faith in the Father's love through Jesus, our Messiah is established through test and trial, there is nothing that can destroy it. Nothing can get to it. Faith is an eternal element and not subject to the conditions of the finite world.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
— Matthew 6:19
The Pictograph Meaning
Another tremendous built-in language concept tool in Biblical Hebrew is the pictograph meaning of the word. Each letter of the word is represented by an image that helps define it. Again these images help keep the concept stable.
The Hebrew word picture for glory is "kavod," and it begins with the Hebrew letter "caph." "Caph" is a picture of an open hand or a wing and can symbolize something that covers. This pictograph tells us that God's glory is something that covers us.
Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
— Exodus 40:34
The next letter is a "bet" and is a picture of a house and or family. It represents being on the inside. This letter tells us that glory is experienced on the inside and in close relationship and covenant with God through His One and only Son Jesus Christ.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house,
And the place where Your glory dwells.
— Psalm 26:8
The next letter is a "vav" and represented by an image of a nail and is symbolic of connecting things. Jesus nailed to a cross-connected man of the earth with God in heaven. Glory is a result of being connected with the God of heaven.
to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
— Ephesians 3:21
And last but not least is the letter "dalet," and this letter is a picture of a door. It can indicate a way or a path to something. We know that Jesus is the door, and thereby Jesus is the final expression and the only way to experience this glory.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in
— Psalm 24:7
Jesus, the door, invites us to enter salvation through Him.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture
— John 10:7-9
He also requests to live on the inside of us.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
— Revelation 3:20-21
This knocking on the door of hearts statement occurs directly after His counsel to buy gold refined in the fire. The gold is when we overcome through faith and confidence in God, and not our riches, intelligence, and resources.
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
— II Corinthians 4:6
Putting it all together, we could say that the glory of God is both a covering on the outside and a fulfillment on the inside. Both connect us to Jesus the door, the only way to experience both.
For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea
— Habakkuk 2:14
Glory is the weightiness and heaviness of God. He is intrinsically valuable and essential to all functions of a meaningful life. His glory in us is manifested through our faith in Him. And it is substantiated through testing and trial. It gives our lives the substance and value that we all crave.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
— Jude 24,25
May this bear weight on the way that we live.
"His name is on us, and His honor is in our keeping. Wherefore, let every one that nameth the name of the Lord" - claimeth it as his own name - "depart from unrighteousness;" and let him never feel that is is a light or a vain thing to bear that name before the world."
— H. Clay Trumble from his book "The Ten Commandments as a Covenant of Love"
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