The Bible says in Proverbs 5:1-5, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
This is what I am hoping to do over the next 3 months. I want to be like those children. They were caught up in the excitement of the search. When I turned 13 my mom gave me a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the inscription reads, “May this help to unlock the Kingdom of Heaven.” Now for most this would seem like quite a unique gift for a 13 year old but I loved it and have used it on many occasions. Whenever I get stuck on a verse and it doesn’t make much sense to me, I go back to the original Greek or Hebrew and see what that word means and where else it is used. I also love hearing the history and culture of the times and people that Jesus was talking to and Paul was writing about. I want to have a better understanding of God’s Word and His Character. Over the next few months in the Biblical Core Course I am hoping to obtain the next few pieces of the puzzle and finally have the entire treasure map in front of me. I am hoping to be able to immediately know where the treasure is hidden and then be able to dig it up and partake in the bountiful riches inside. Follow me on my treasure hunt.
To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.
— John Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407