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Wednesday, April 29 2015

Proverbs 2: What Did Jesus Say About The Treasure Hunters?

"Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God"

The English-language word "treasure" originated from a Latin word, thesaurus, that itself originated from a more-ancient Greek word, pronounced thesauros, that meant to store in a place. The English words thesaurus (a lexicon of synonyms), thesis, theme and tithe all originated from the same Greek word - that is also recorded in the Greek of the New Testament.

Did the Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) say anything about "treasure"? Yes, He did - using both the literal meaning of the word and the present-day meaning ("accumulated wealth in the form of money or jewels").


"6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 619-21 KJV)

"12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:32-37 KJV)

"13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." (Matthew 13:44-46 KJV)

"13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." (Matthew 13:52 KJV)

In contrast to the man who asked the question, as quoted below, the apostles well-understood the teachings because they actually experienced them directly: "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee."

The Messiah's reply described it as an investment that applies to all of His true followers: "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

19:18 He saith unto him, Which?

Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." (Matthew 19:16-30 KJV)

The Proverbs (and all of the other Holy Scriptures) are a treasury of knowledge and understanding that will produce an infinitely-vast return for those who invest themselves, by truly obeying the Word of God, in due time (see the Fact Finder question below).

"2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. 2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." (Proverbs 2:1-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "saved" truly mean? When will it happen?
See Who Can Be Saved? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?

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This Day In History, April 29

711: During the Islamic conquest of Hispania (the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula i.e. today Spain and Portugal), Moorish troops under Tariq ibn-Ziyad invaded Gibraltar (the "Crusades" were a centuries-long struggle between the followers of the Church of Rome and the followers of Muhammad; see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1289: Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).

1429: The fabled "Joan of Arc" entered Orleans, France, seven months into the siege of the city during the Hundred Years War.

1483: Gran Canaria, the main island of the Canary Islands, was conquered by the Kingdom of Castile.

1587: English warships under English explorer and naval commander Francis Drake sank at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet in the Bay of Cádiz. The action became known as "Singeing the King of Spain's Beard."

Sir Francis Drake 1607: The first Church of England congregation in the New England colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1628: Sweden and Denmark concluded a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, which brought Sweden into the Thirty Years War.

1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.

1672: During the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.

1770: English explorer and naval commander James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.

1781: During the New England Revolutionary War, British and French ships clashed in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique. France supported the rebellion for the sole purpose of severing Britain's military connection to New England, which strengthened the military position of France's own colonies in North America (in Louisiana and eastern Canada). While France supported the New England rebellion, it hypocritically tolerated no "freedom" or independence in any of their own colonies.

1813: Rubber was patented.

1852: The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.

1858: Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.

1881: State-incited pogroms against Jews in Russia began, resulting in major flight of Jews from Russia westwards. Some consider this date in Jewish history to be the most important since the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. Of those emigrants, over 2,000,000 went to the U.S. alone, creating a powerful presence of Jews in the U.S. (New York City is today the largest Jewish-population city on earth; see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1913: The "zipper" was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."

1916: After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.

1945: Closing events of the Second World War in Europe: the German army surrendered; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun just hours before they committed suicide (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1946: 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted by U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo for war crimes (that included the "water boarding" torture of prisoners) during the Second World War. Some were later executed.

1965: The Australian government announced that it would send troops to Vietnam.

1965: Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.

1967: After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing Muslim religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship boxing title.

1972: In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.

1973: In a futile attempt to stop the Watergate criminal investigation from reaching him, President Richard Nixon requested resignations of two of his top political associates, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.

1975: At the end of the Vietnam War (a civil war between North and South that began when the border was imposed by France in the 1940s), the U.S. began evacuating U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to the North Vietnamese takeover and victory that brought about the re-unification of Vietnam as it had existed for centuries before French and U.S. interference.

1981: In England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted that he was the "Yorkshire Ripper."

1986: A fire at Los Angeles Public Library damaged or destroyed 400,000 books.

1992: Riots began in Los Angeles, California, after the acquittal of police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. Over the next week, 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings were burned.

2005: Syrian troops left Lebanon after 29 years of occupation.

2011: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were married.


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