Do you go places? Do you do research? Do you read? Do you watch shows?
What types of treasures do you seek? What makes it a treasure for you?
Do you realize you can find treasures without leaving your home? Do you realize you can see treasures based on a book?
Consider the Bible…I started back in 2005 and probably a bit before that to find a devotional to read for a year to get through the Bible. I have read many versions King James, New King James, New International Version, New Living Translation, The Message and others. I have read the Chronological version which breaks up things from their books and puts it all in alignment based on when it took place in history. Even with all this time, God continues to reveal things to me through His Word. God has treasures in there that I have found during specific times in my life when those Words had such power. The Bible is loaded with treasures. When I consider that Sept in 2013 when I read about Peter getting out the boat and walking on water and the implications it had on my career. When I consider that May in 2013 when I read about Job and on my last day of working for the first company since I started my career and the encouragement it spoke over what the second half of my career would be. When I prayed one morning to God if I would have a son or if I would have 4 daughters and God’s Word that morning was about Abraham and Sarah and the promised son Isaac and how I now have a promised son too and I have named him Isaac. God continues to speak life and truth and hope through His Word. There are treasures that will appear when you take the time to spend it with God and allow Him to speak into your life thru His Word in Jesus’ name. Want to find treasures, prepare your heart, give your life into His hands, and spend time reading from His Word and see how treasures will be found that will change your life forever.
And you know what? As long as we are alive and make time, there are still more treasures that will be found in and thru God’s Word. Sometimes I find them while at church and listening to the sermon. Sometimes I find them while driving to work and listening to someone preach on the radio. Sometimes I find them when I am alone reading thru God’s Word. Don’t miss out on all God has for you, take time to spend with Him daily! And see how if you will seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness that you will discover treasures!
How to Discover the Bible’s Inexhaustible Treasures — Day 170: Bible In One Year 2017
Powerful metaphors … Psalm 75
Something can be ‘true’ without being ‘literal’. In this psalm we see examples of truth expressed in metaphor.
God’s justice is the foundation of our universe. In today’s psalm we find at least four metaphors about the justice of God.
Evil and its effects
The psalmist knew as well as we do that the earth is not held up literally by pillars. He is deliberately using metaphorical language that needs to be read as such. This is the language of poetry and it is every bit as true as ‘literal truth’.
The quaking of the earth (v.3a) and its peoples is a metaphor for the effects of evil. Immorality undermines the stability of earth and society. The Lord proclaims that he graciously upholds his creation: ‘It is I who hold its pillars firm’ (v.3b).
Power and its problems
‘Horns’ (v.4) symbolise power. Again the word is used metaphorically; this is poetic language. God exalts the horn (that is to say, power) of the righteous, and cuts off the horn (the power) of the wicked (v.10). Power can so easily corrupt and lead to arrogance. God says to the arrogant, ‘Boast no more’ (v.4).
Ministry and its might
The ‘hand of the Lord’ (v.8) is used as a symbol of his might and power. This is anthropomorphic language: words that are used to ascribe human form or attributes to something that is not human.
When we ‘lay on hands’ in ministry – our hands themselves can do little, but they symbolise God’s mighty power working through us.
Judgment and Jesus
Likening God’s judgment to ‘a cup’ is another metaphor. ‘God has a cup in his hand, a bowl of wine, full to the brim. He draws from it and pours; it’s drained to the dregs. Earth’s wicked ones drink it all, drink it down to the last bitter drop!’ (v.8, MSG).
On the cross, Jesus bore in his own body the cup of God’s judgment. He spoke about it beforehand (Mark 10:38; Luke 22:42; John 18:11), and took the judgment that we deserve upon himself.
Historical facts … Acts 13:13-41
How can you be sure that you have been forgiven? How can you know that death is not the end? How can you be assured that you will have eternal life?
You can be sure of all this because of the historical facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Luke was writing history. At the beginning of his two-volume work (Luke and Acts), Luke says that the evidence of ‘eye-witness’ accounts have been handed down to them. He has carefully investigated everything and written an orderly account ‘so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught’ (Luke 1:3–4).
Today’s passage describes the history of Paul’s travels and reports his speech. Likewise, in his speech, Paul talks about historical facts. He retells the history of the people of God: the historical facts of the exodus, wilderness years, conquest of Canaan, the judges and the kings – all leading up to David, from whose descendants would come the historical Jesus.
Then Paul focuses on the historical facts of the death and, in particular, the resurrection of Jesus. He makes four affirmations about the resurrection:
‘They took him down from the cross and buried him. And then God raised him from death’ (Acts 13:29–30, MSG). What God had promised in the Old Testament, he fulfilled in the New Testament, by ‘raising up Jesus’ (v.33). It had been prophesied in the Old Testament (v.34). ‘He raised Jesus, exactly as described in the second Psalm’ (v.33, MSG).
‘The fact that God raised him from the dead…’ (v.34). The resurrection is not a metaphor. It is not something that is only experienced existentially within our hearts. It is, Paul says, a historical fact. The physical resurrection of Jesus actually happened. Jesus rose bodily from the dead.
‘There is no disputing that – he appeared over and over again many times and places to those who had known him well in the Galilean years, and these same people continue to give witness that he is alive’ (v.31, MSG).
The resurrection of Jesus was a unique event in history. Paul contrasts Jesus with David, who ‘has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now’ (v.36b, MSG). Others may have been resuscitated (and then later died), but Jesus was resurrected and his body never saw decay: ‘When he raised him from the dead, he did it for good – no going back to that rot and decay for him’ (v.34a, MSG).
This is the good news (v.32) that Paul preached. The resurrection means that the cross was effective, and forgiveness of sins is possible (v.38). Everyone who believes is justified (v.39). Your past has been dealt with and you can live in a right relationship with God.
The historical fact of the resurrection has huge implications for your life and your future. If Jesus died, was buried and then raised by God, it means that one day, those who believe in him and have died, will be raised by God to eternal life (see 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).
Symbolic representation … 1 Kings 6, 1 Kings 7:1-22