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Thinking About World Currency

February 19, 2018

Monday is bill-paying day around here. It makes sense to get the bills paid each Monday, because the hubby's weekly paycheck is automatically deposited every Friday. 


This week is a bit of a problem though, for the hubby was sick and only able to work one day last week. No work = no pay, so in this case a very small check makes bill paying a very large challenge.


And so, I found myself obsessing about money, and those thoughts spiraled out in a bizarre direction as I avoided the issue of how to get those bills paid.


Aren’t you glad the currency of our culture is paper money? Money that fits tidily into a small receptacle, a wallet of some sort, that then slips easily into a pocket or a purse?


That is to say, our kind of money can be conveniently transported along with us, wherever and however far away we travel. It matters not how much we are carrying, nor how far or how long we are traveling from home.


Of course, if you are making some kind of highly illegal transaction, it’s likely all those dollars won’t fit in your back pocket. But, even then, you just need one of those thug-type briefcases and you’re good to go. Toss it in the car, and off you go. Go to Columbia. Go to Mexico. That thing’ll easily stow in the overhead compartment of your airliner.


Why am I thinking about this business of carrying money?


I’ve been working my way through the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. I read one chapter a day, allowing myself plenty of time to absorb the stories and think about the details.


Yesterday’s reading was Genesis 32. In the story, Jacob is preparing to make a long trip to meet up with his twin brother Esau. He has not seen Esau for many years, and back when they had parted, it was not on good terms. Jacob had tricked his father and acquired Esau’s birthright. Now, in heading toward his brother, Jacob is wondering if Esau has murderous revenge planned for him.


So, he plans to send some gifts of “money” on ahead to hopefully pacify Esau.


It’s Jacob’s “money” that got me thinking about world currency today.


“From what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, ‘Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.’ He instructed the one in the lead: ‘When my brother Esau meets you and asks, “W