By Arlene Wallis
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21
While reading Genesis 1 about the creation and one word really stuck out to me – Vault. As a noun, vault is described as a roof in the form of an arch, a large chamber or secure place where valuables are stored (i.e. money, burial plot, safety deposit box, etc.).
As a verb it is described to provide room with and arch or arched roof. Derived from the Latin word volvere it means to roll or move forward or jump over. As I looked at different bibles and the same verse, many other words came forward to describe this word. NLV has it as space, ESV and ASB has it as expanse and the most interesting was the KJV that had firmament. Firmament is a vault or arch of the sky derived from the root word raqa which means to beat or spread out, support or strengthen and the sky is fixed above the earth.
Knowing a little bit more about the meaning of the word, I started to think about treasure. Treasure is defined as a quantity of precious items or something you keep carefully and value highly. What do we treasure? Where do we keep in our own personal and spiritual vaults? How full is our vault with secrets, pains, disgust, joys and sorrows? God did not put those things in when he created the heavens and the earth. When you look at it, when God made these vast decisions, His purpose was clear. He gave us more room than we could imagine to keep and value all that He had already supplied and was ready to share and give freely.
The bible holds many verses on treasure. There are 74 verses on the word treasure and in the KJV the word treasure is mentioned 47 times; verses such as Luke 12:34 and Mat 6:21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Mat 6:19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal and Prov 2:4-5 If you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God .
The key point to be remembered here is that as you open your bible, you are walking into a vault of treasures and unspeakable wealth that has been passed down through many generations, a place that has stored up knowledge that is valued highly by those who believe. God has created a place for you that no one can take from you when you believe that it is there for you. Be like the tree in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:8.
Receive your living water and the treasure that comes from the fruit of His word!
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