The Bible as a Treasure Chest
As many of you know, I'm an Old Testament buff, in fact, I buff it out so much that the more I buff it out, the more brighter the shine that comes out to near blind me and confuse me. The brightness of that shine of the Old Testament is so illuminating that my eyes can't comprehend it, and my mind cannot filter it. There is so much there that the human mind is incapable of comprehending all of it in this lifetime. Yet, it is so highly ignored by most Christians.
Most Christians these days are New Testament Christians only. Yeah, they see the Old Testament as a good story book, a good poetry, a good intro to the Gospels, but they don't understand, the Old Testament is the cake under the frosting. If you don't have the cake, there is no frosting. Most of the Old Testament Scriptures that are quoted over and over again don't even show the tiniest fraction of the whole picture. Everyone has their favorites, but their palates are so accustomed to the taste of the favorites, that the people don't want to try and find new flavors.
While praying about this and asking GOD what can I write about the Old Testament gifts, I saw a treasure box. Go with me here for a second. Open the treasure box, and there is a tray on the top of the box that holds all the greenbacks of the US Treasury. Sure, those green backs are good. They spend like real money, and they can buy you anything you need or want, however, the gold and jewels that those greenbacks are based upon are underneath that tray. You know they are there, and if you lift the tray you can see the beauty underneath. The real problem is that unless you take out the tray, and pick up each piece and carefully examine each jewel and the glow of each piece of gold, you are only getting 1/4th of the treasure box. A quarter of the treasure is good, it's enough to make you rich in Christ, but how rich do you want to be?
Too many Christians are settling for that top tray, because it's good enough. Good enough was never good enough for me. That is why I got in trouble with my children and my husband. They think that I was never satisfied with them, because they were not good enough. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, I set the bar high, but so didn't GOD when he came here as a baby in a manager and when Jesus stretched out his arms and died on that cross for you and me.
Psalm 119 is the perfect example of the gold standard of the Old Testament. The jewels in this Psalm is in the poetry. Yeah, I know it doesn't rhyme, and that's because we don't speak Hebrew. The Psalm is divided into 22 sections, each stanza begins with a Hebrew letter. Recently, I started studying some of the Hebrew alphabet. I'm telling you, GOD loves letters, but even more so, He loves numbers. Each Hebrew letter has a specific meaning in Hebrew, it doesn't just represent a sound. Each letter has a number assigned to it, and each number has a meaning behind it. For example, 1 Represents GOD, as GOD is one, the only One. My favorite letter in Dalet, the 4th letter, it means door. My favorite number is 8, which means new beginning, and if anyone needs that, it's me. There is such beauty in GOD's creation and the story of His people. Knowing some nice OT Scriptures as comfort verses is like eating beans in a can when GOD offers us an entire banquet table in which we can feast. Not knowing the Hebrew alphabet is again, like only tasting the frosting and not the cake underneath. The English Alphabet is good enough to create the words that teach you the Gospel, but the Hebrew Alphabet is the gold and jewels that will make you far richer in Christ than you could ever imagine.
Might I encourage you to take your Bible, learn it in Chronological order in historical context, learn the culture behind the stories and the people, and you will find such treasure in the truth and knowledge of GOD that you've been missing all this time, just eating beans out of a can. Not knowing the Hebrew alphabet is again, like only tasting the frosting and not the cake underneath. The English Alphabet is good enough to create the words that teach you the Gospel, but the Hebrew Alphabet is the gold and jewels that will make you far richer in Christ than you could ever imagine.
I'm working on my final book, Living as a Jeremiah in a Job's World, and I hope to have it done by the end of the year. It has three sections, The BODY ~ A Reason to Believe, The SOUL ~ A Reason to Hope, and The SPIRIT ~ A Reason to Change. I don't expect to accomplish anything from that book myself, but I do hope that GOD takes that book and somehow from it, I would like to see the Old Testament to make a huge comeback this year. I think it high time and long overdue. The Old Testament is not the book of a wrathful GOD, it's the book of the Merciful GOD pleading with His people to turn back to Him. He is doing that very same thing today. When reading the Prophets, I do not picture GOD speaking to an ancient people, threatening them within an inch of their life, I picture GOD speaking to His people today, in His church. I see GOD calling out His remnant saying;
"Here I am, I'm over here. You've been looking over there, and that is just a reflection of me in a mirror. Turn around and see the real thing, the full figure of Who I am."