Skip to comments.Keeping the Treasure Safe
Posted on 08/12/2018 10:25:16 AM PDT by metmom
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:19).
Heaven is the only safe place for treasure.
In the Orient during biblical times, wealth was basically preserved in three ways. There was no paper, there were no bank books, there was nothing to match the kind of system we have. Wealth was identified in literal commodities: garments, grain, and gold or precious metals.
Garments in the Bible were always an expression of wealth. In Judges 14:12 Samson told the Philistines that if they could answer his riddle, he would give them thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes. But there is one problem with garmentsmoths eat them. Have you ever noticed that moths dont eat what you wear, only what you store? We tend to hoard, and a lot of our treasure is invested in our garments, waiting for moths to destroy them.
Grain was another source of wealth. The rich fool said he would tear down his barns and build larger ones to store all his grain and goods (Luke 12:18). In Matthew 6:19 the Greek word translated rust literally means eating. The problem with grain is that mice, rats, worms, and vermin like to eat it.
The third commodity was gold or precious metal. The problem with this one is, where can a person hide it? He might keep it in his house, but a thief could break in and steal it. Therefore, it was common to find a secret place in a field and in the dark of night dig a hole and bury it. But thieves would lurk around at night and watch where men would bury their treasure, then later dig it up.
Nothing you own is completely safe from destruction or theft. And even if you keep your possessions perfectly secure during your entire life, you are certainly separated from them at death. Thats why Jesus said you should lay up treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (v. 20). What about you? Are you putting your treasure in a safe place?
Suggestions for Prayer
Thank the Lord for providing a secure and eternal place where you can invest for His glory.
For Further Study
Read James 5:1-3. What happened to the commodities there?
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