Most Christians grow up with jewelry all around them, and, for most of them, they don’t even think about it. However, Christians across the denominational spectrum have a variety of beliefs. Some believe that any jewelry, whether specifically Christian or not, is always sinful.
They point to two different passages from the New Testament: 1 Timothy 2:9 and 1 Peter 3:1-6 . Any Christian can find good explanations on these passages by using a good search engine. What you might not find are the passages where the Bible celebrates jewelry as a good gift of God’s creation.
And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.
Exodus is the story of God’s salvation given to the children of Israel. After years of forced labor in Egypt, God remembers the promises he gave to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. So, he calls Moses through the burning bush to go to Egypt and bring the children of Israel out to the promised land.
What does this all have to do with jewelry? God promises that he will not just bring Israel out of Egypt, but they will plunder Egypt like a conquering army. He specifically mentions that Israel will take Egypt’s jewelry. Part of God’s promise to save Israel includes giving the Egyptians jewels to Israel.
On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. 2 And the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
When the kingdom of Israel continued to sin against God, he sent the Babylonians to conquer them, which they did in 587 BC. The king at the time, King Nebuchadnezzar, took the elite Hebrews from the nation of Judah and brought them back to Babylon so they could work for him.
The book of Esther takes place after the Babylonian exile had ended. Many of the Israelites stayed behind in Babylon, and Esther was one of them. The bad guy of the story, Haman, plots to have the Hebrews killed, but Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, foil the plan. Haman ends up executed while Mordecai becomes a nobleman.
King Ahasuerus gives Mordecai his signet ring as a symbol of Mordecai’s new position. Mordecai receives this great honor from the king and is elevated into a position of authority over the property of his enemy, Haman. God saved the Jews, and this ring is a symbol of that protection.
Song of Songs 1:9-11
I compare you, my love,
to a mare among Pharaoh's chariots.
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.
We will make for you ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.
The Song of Songs, or the Song of Solomon, is a song about married love between a husband and wife. The song helps to teach us about the joys of married love, both emotional and physical, and it gives us wisdom for the married and unmarried alike. This beautiful and inspirational book reminds us of the joys of chastity as well as the delight of married couples in each other.
In this opening passage, the bride and the groom celebrate joyfully when they see each other. The bride looks to the king and asks to be brought to him. Her beauty dazzles him, so he compares her to the most beautiful horses in the world (Probably not a line you should use!). The king expresses his joy by providing his bride with jewelry , magnifying her beauty and his delight.
The Song of Songs provides deeper wisdom than just the joyful relationship between husband and wife. For millennia, Christians have read it as the relationship between Jesus Christ, and his bride, the church. The Bible uses this image both in the Old and New Testaments . In Song of Songs, we see Christ, the groom, celebrating his bride, the church, with a gift of jewelry. You can see this image more in Revelation 21:10 and Ezekiel 16:8-14 .
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
Job was a man who followed God, and he had everything anyone could want. The Devil wanted to see if he could convince Job to curse God, so he destroyed everything Job had. He killed his family, took away his riches, and gave him boils all over his body.
But Job did not curse God. When Job proved faithful, God returned everything he had lost, and he gave Job twice as much as before. Job’s friends celebrate him by giving money and a gold ring. The jewelry is a sign of their thanksgiving and their empathy for Job.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Proverbs tells us about all the good things we receive through the wisdom of God. Over and over, the book describes wise people and wise actions. In this passage, the author compares gold jewelry to someone who listens to a wise man.
The proverb assumes that jewelry is wonderful, and uses it to show the wisdom of listening to a wise man. We know that wisdom is gift from God, so jewelry must be, too.
But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’
The parable of the prodigal son shows us our Heavenly Father’s mercy. He forgives the sinner who comes to him with a repentant heart. In this story, the son falls down before his father and says that he is not worthy to be the Father’s son. The Father responds by putting a ring on his finger. The ring is a sign of honor and acceptance by the father which helps us see the mercy of our Father.
The Old and New Testaments celebrate the good gifts of God to his people. One of those good gifts is the beauty of the world He created. Jewelry is a way to celebrate the goodness and beauty of God’s creation.
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