What A Treasure Chest

Did you hear about the preacher who was invited over to eat in the home of his Senior Deacon? It was a wonderful meal cooked by his wife, who was a master chief?in the kitchen. When everyone had eaten and was full, the deacon?s wife, wanting to impress her pastor, said to her young daughter, ?Honey, go and get that book that mommy loves so much,? knowing that her little girl would bring out the family Bible. In just a few minutes, the young girl emerged with the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue!

?Then there was the new minister who was asked to teach the Boys Class in Sunday School in absence of the regular teacher. Wanting to know what the boys knew about the Bible, he asked, ?Who knocked down the walls of Jericho?? And one by one the boys answered, ?I don?t know, preacher, but it wasn?t me!? And when he spoke to the deacon body about it, one of them rose and said, ?Listen, preacher, I see that this is bothering you. But I know these boys and if they said they didn?t knock down those walls, then they didn?t do it!?

?Then there was the young college student who went off to Duke University. When he left home, his parents gave him a Bible and told him to read it every day. He said he would. Soon he began to run out of money and wrote home asking for some to be sent. His parents sent back?a letter telling him to read certain chapters and verses in his Bible. He said he did but still didn?t have?any money. When he returned home for Spring Break, his parents said, ?Now, we know you haven?t been reading your Bible.? ?How do you know that,? he asked. ?Because,? they said, ?if you had read what we told you, you would have found money behind every chapter and verse we sent you.?

?You and I, and most homes in this glorious country, have a treasure chest of wealth sitting around in our homes, but we don?t know it. It?s called, The Bible, and it?s?our road-map for life. The Psalmist said, ?Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.? (Ps. 119:105). It is food for our soul. Psalms 119:103?says, ?How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth.? It furnishes light for our understanding. Again the Psalmist has said, ?The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.? (Psalm 119:130) And it makes us wise unto salvation. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:15, ?And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.??We ought to love it, (Ps. 1:2), study it, (Ps. 119:16), and hide it?s teachings in our heart, (Ps. 119:11), and keep them ever before us as our guide, (Deuteronomy 11:18-21).

?Someone once asked Martin Luther, who is credited with the Spiritual Reformation of the 1500?s, ?How do you study your Bible?? Reverend Luther replied, ?I study my Bible like I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf. I search the Bible as a whole like shaking the whole tree. Then I shake every limb--study book after book. Then I shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters. Then I shake every twig, for a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences and words and their meanings.??If we studied our Bible like Martin Luther did, we would find a world treasure chest full of helpful information. How long has it been since you last studied your Bible? Well, that?s too long!

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