May 19, 2020

A Fourrée and Matthew 7:21–23

I acquired a fourrée some time ago (see below). For all the non-numismatists, this is an ancient counterfeit coin that was typically made of a base metal and then overlaid with a thin sheet of silver or gold. So, from the outside, the coin looked to be solid silver or gold but in reality, it was ancient chump change. 

My coin reminds me of Jesus’ sobering words in Matthew 7:21–23. 

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” 

I wonder how many spiritual fourrées there are among us. Do you know that you know the Lord Jesus?

This is a silver fourrée of an Augustus denarius. By the way, this particular type of denarius is a less well-known candidate for the coin mentioned in Matthew 22:15–22.

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