When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace.. He took everything, including the gold shields Solomon had made. So King Rehoboam made bronze shiels to replace them...
2 Chronicles 12:9, 10
When my friend Bob went into the army, I gave him some gold plated collar insignia. I thought I would save him the tedious job of polishing the brass. But his sergeant made him get some of brass.
Now I can't imagine the soldiers working with the equivalent of Brasso and blitz cloths to make their shields shine. But the royal court had been sacked by Egypt. This was the punishment by God for them deserting Him (2 Chron. 12:5).
Rehoboam humbled himself, and the Lord relented. Yet they had their treasures taken and this is illustrated by the bronze shields of the court soldiers. For those of the Lord who forget Him, a demotion, if not destruction is in order.
This nation boasts of being special to God. Let's see if it will be true when the dollar is devalued and no longer becomes the international standard currency. Will we go from gold to bronze?