Summary: The Proverbs writer instructs us to search for wisdom and understanding as if you were searching for hidden treasure.
Finding God’s Treasure
-In God’s Word-
There was a man called Heinrich Schliemann, who as a boy read a translation of Homer’s account of the defeat of Troy by the Greeks. In the latter part of the last century scholars largely held that Homer’s "Iliad" was entirely fictitious and that ancient Troy never existed - an unlikely story made up to make a specific point. Schliemann vowed one day he would find the ruins of the city of Troy. He spent most of his formative years making a fortune and then spent his retiring years searching for the city of his youthful dreams, with the aid of his fortune.
With the permission of the Turkish Government he excavated the site near the Dardanelles where he believed from his research that the city had once been located. Ironically, he found not only one ancient city of Troy, but the ruins of many other cities, each built upon the ruins of the previous, as in the case with many archaeological discoveries. One day, from the excavations o Troy, a small casket was uncovered that contained a set of exquisite jewels. Schliemann adorned the jewels upon his young Greek wife, Sophia. She was frequently pictured wearing these jewels in the very early days of photography because her husband claimed them to be the jewels of Helen of Troy. Whether they were the jewels of the great Helen, we may never know. The point is that here we have a man who was prepared to sacrifice everything for a dream of treasure.
The Proverbs writer instructs us to search for wisdom and understanding as if you were searching for hidden treasure.
We find God’s treasure in God’s Holy Word.
The Bible was written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,600 years. It is written in three languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The writers come from a variety of backgrounds: prophet (Jeremiah), priest (Zechariah), shepherd (Amos), king (David), servant (Nehemiah), doctor (Luke), tax collector (Matthew), and Pharisee (Paul).
The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. A gap of more than 400 years separates the writing of the Old Testament from the New Testament. The scriptures were first written on sheepskin, goatskin, papyrus and parchment.
The scriptures were written in different settings. The first five books called the Pentateuch, (five scrolls) books of Law, were written in the desert wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula. Some of the Psalms were written while David kept watch over sheep in the hills of Judea. Daniel wrote from the courts of Babylon. At least four letters of Paul were written while he was in prison.
Yet when you read the Bible as a whole, recorded over all those years by so many different men, written under so many different conditions, you will find that they all are telling one story and follows one theme. All scripture bear the mark of one author, God.
How do we know that when we study the Bible we are actually studying the Word of the Lord? Like mining for gold how do you tell the difference between fools gold and true gold. The characteristics of true gold distinguish it from iron pyrite, fools gold.