Inspired by the Bible
I'm 40 years old Twin Peaks fan from Latvia. I had many unanswered questions in my aimless life until I started to read and understand the Bible. Only now I understood that it's a complicated puzzle, because it's difficult to get answers, if you understand only direct meaning of the sentences (like we did in Soviet Union time). Jesus speaks in parables, but if you crack the puzzle, you get a good lesson and find important answers. Same thing with Twin peaks...
Only yesterday I watched Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces - not important deleted episodes. But the episode with Garland Briggs reading the Bible probably was very important to crack the code of Twin Peaks. He is carefully reading Revelation 11:3-5, 7; 14:19-20 and 15:1-2 trying to find answers. Why?
David Lynch is also trying to "speak" in parables. Dr. Jacoby's golden shovel is just one of them. If somebody sees this episode and understands that crazy doctor is painting shovels to sell them with a profit, he didn't catch the idea. Every single episode in Twin Peaks has a message. Even the episode, where Andy and Lucy is arguing about the color of chairs, has a message to us, but if you can't crack the puzzle, this episode for you will be meaningless.
Is David Lynch playing a God? No, I don't think so. But I think that with Twin Peaks he's trying to show us his own interpretation of the eternal fight between good and evil. And if he was inspired by the Bible and/or other holy writings, we will find many answers in the Bible. Read for example Matthew 18:8 and think about Mike and his arm.
Who knows, maybe in the final episode we will see "a sea of glass mingled with fire".