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Treasures in the Dust

Treasures in the Dust

Exodus 16:33-34

And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the LORD to be kept throughout your generations.” As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept.

Off and on over the past few years, my wife and I have watched a show on the History channel called “The Curse of Oak Island,” a show that documents the Lagina brothers’ ten-year long search for the infamous treasure trove supposedly buried on Oak Island. While they’ve uncovered multiple underground shafts and tunnels and stone roads, and while they’ve excavated a few interesting artifacts like British infantry buttons and Templar crosses and ancient digging tools, they haven’t exactly struck gold. Nevertheless, I find the idea riveting that some mysterious group from ages past would go through all the fuss to sail the ocean blue, find a covert island, and dig extravagant chambers, all to hide a treasure. But how sweet would it be if those Lagina brothers finally found the so-called ‘money pit,’ walked through the vault, opened the hatch, and discovered a little jar with a honeyed wafer inside, still preserved after all the millennia?! Most would scoff at the find and say, “Wow—that’s it?!” But those of us who understand what this treasure means know better. We’d say, “Wow—that’s worth it!”

Speaking of treasure, God has given us a gift of immeasurable value, a preserved treasure trove that’s worth a whole lot more than a little wafer, friend. Pages of divine revelation we call the Scriptures, inspired by the Spirit, written through human authors like Moses, compiled by scribes like Ezra, translated by saints like John Wycliffe, and passed down from generation to generation by men, women, and children who hold it dear!

And this treasure isn’t buried in some secret vault of the earth on some remote island either.

Aren’t you so glad our Father isn’t like those pirates of old who went to such great lengths to hide their bounties? Aren’t you so grateful that God’s treasures aren’t buried in a secret vault on some obscure island? Take to heart the preciousness of this miracle you hold in your hands today, friend, but don’t keep it to yourself. Go out and share the wealth with others!