God says in Leviticus 26:19: “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.” And in Deuteronomy 28:23: “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.” The word for brass is ‘nechosheth’ and could be translated as ‘copper.’
We notice in these two rebukes to Israel that these elements of iron and copper are used by Israel, but they are changed in location. Leviticus says that “heaven is iron” and “earth as brass,” but in Deuteronomy it is just the opposite, with heaven being brass and earth being iron.
The context for these statements is about God’s judgment upon His people for turning away from Him and going after their own lusts and desires. I look at this verse in three ways:
First, no rain and the earth dries up; secondly, heaven is like copper so that prayers do not get through to God, but the third thing that I find interesting is that the two elements (iron and copper) are separated from one another.
Rabbi Lappin said if you put a copper nail and an iron nail into a lemon it would produce enough electricity to light a small light bulb, but the copper and the iron need to be in proximity to one another to achieve this. But here we see judgment or curse from God with the two elements separated. In other words, there is no energy.
Why is this so important for us today? It is energy that has given us a resourceful life, an escape out of drudgery. It is energy that gives us the life style that we enjoy today. Think about how cars have given us flexibility to travel, visit family, electricity to light our homes, machines to help build businesses, etc. We could go on as to describe how energy has given us the practical things that we have today. We get energy in wood, coal, oil, uranium, just to name a few resources, and in the days ahead there will be even more discoveries of energy that we do not know at this time.
Because we are made in the image and likeness of God, we too have a creative spirit. I think of the ingenuity of man that has given to us what we have today using all that God has put in the earth, and already we are now beginning to see things like electric cars. Those who have them would not go back to what they had before.
I have been listening to the “NEW GREEN DEAL” being put out by the progressive party, and I have to ask myself if this is a blessing from God, or a curse? To me it would be a curse because in the New Green Deal they are wanting to ‘separate the copper and iron’ (get rid of the oil, coal, etc.) and we know from the wisdom in God’s Word that these resources are for energy.
We know from reading these passages in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that the separation of the copper and iron was because of the declining morality of God’s people.
Just recently we heard 29-year-old socialist and former bartender, Democratic Congresswoman from New York’s 14th district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
I agree that the world is coming to a climax, and not because of climate change, but because God is bringing things to a head to achieve His great purpose. However, what bothers me is how so many people could clap at her statement that is so very nonsensical. Here is her statement:
“Millennial’s, and people and – and generation Z, and all these folks that come after us, are looking up, and were like, ‘the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’ and your biggest issue is – YOUR BIGGEST ISSUE IS, how are we going to PAY for it?!”
When an audience begins to clap for a statement like that it reveals how successful climate change has caught on to people lacking the truth.
Now when I see some of the top runners for president in the Democratic party embracing this nonsense – there is a deep concern. Hosea comes to mind: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6
We, as God’s people, should be at the forefront when it comes to the environment. We are called to be stewards with what God has given us. Right now, He has given us viable resources: wood, oil, natural gas, coal, iron, uranium, etc. to put to use and make our lives easier and more productive. In the future, there will be new inventions, and more discoveries of things God has given us to use and be good stewards of. But, we also have a warning from God that if we turn our backs on Him, He will use His created things against us.
We, who are Christ followers have a tremendous responsibility. The admonition from the Apostle Paul is of great importance: “Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle — I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying — a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.’ (1 Timothy 2:1-7)
Keep in mind Ephesians 6:10-19 that instructs us to pray with the full armor of God on because of the evil day we live in; and to stay ALERT, praying for God’s people, praying with all kinds of prayers and requests of God. Never stop praying!