v162, “I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.” v167, “My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.”
The Word of God is like a great treasure chest. It is the greatest treasure chest to ever exist. If a man were to take all the gold, silver, and priceless gems in the world and pile them up into the biggest treasure chest constructed, the Word of God would still be greater. All the wealth of the world is worthless rubbish when compared to God’s Truth. If I was given a choice between the two, I’d take my Bible and leave the gold piled up where it sat to rust away.
Every word, every sentence from the smallest to the longest is precious and priceless. No material wealth in the world can even be compared to it. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of those who love Him to see into the mind of God through it, and we find life through it in Jesus Christ. A very interesting point too is that Jesus Christ is the Word of God.
John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
I love God’s Word, and I make every effort to seek out the truth in it’s pages. Truth and knowing the God of truth is more important to me than traditional dogma, what I have been taught growing up, or what I want to believe about God. I am here to be pleasing to God, believe, and teach the truth, not to be pleasing to men, confirm error, or continue contradiction.
It is amazing what men will do for treasure, and it is amazing how some treat God’s Word. It sits on the shelf and collects dust, while people are out working themselves to death to earn treasure. They treat God’s Word with contempt and don’t realize that in its pages is the greatest treasure to ever exist. That treasure is focused on Jesus. Some will do anything for treasure, but the real treasure is ignored and abandoned. It is one of the greatest tragedies of humanity.
Inside the church (and I’m speaking generally here), I have simply been dumbfounded with some people and how they treat God’s Word. They only want to study certain parts that they like. They never teach parts that are offensive to them, or they try to explain the parts they don’t like away. Some suppress the truth of God’s Word because it does not line up with what they believe. And then you have some in the church who do not even believe God’s Word is what it claims to be. They dismiss it as the writing of people centuries ago who were backward and ignorant. It is shameful.
Traditional dogma, what I have been taught growing up, or what I want to believe about God is irrelevant in light of God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is my obligation, and my priority to believe what God has revealed about Himself despite what anyone else thinks. That is the reason I have come into conflict at my last two churches that I was a member. And it is the reason I am an un-ordained pastor. I wear that as a badge of honor because it is for believing God’s Word over men that I am excluded.
So let it be, My Lord and King.