We treasure the word of God not only by reading the words of the scriptures, but by studying them. We may be nourished more by pondering a few words, allowing the Holy Ghost to make them treasures to us, than to pass quickly and superficially over whole chapters of scripture. ~Henry B. Eyring
“These are two or three hundred years old.”
“And your mother lets you touch them!?”
I was teaching one of my ESL students about the idea of “passing down” things from one generation to another. He showed he understood by sharing some articles his family has in a box. He shuffled through the box as if he touched 300 year old items every day.
Well, he lives in China; perhaps he does.
Hilkiah the high priest found a book in the Temple. He knew it was the Book of the Law and very important. When the king sent his secretary to check on business at the Temple, Hilkiah passed the book along to Shaphan, the secretary.
Shaphan recognized its importance and passed it along to the king.
King Josiah also understood its importance. He feared for his people because they had not kept the Law for many generations. King Josiah sent men to the prophetess Huldah to find out what they should do.
How long had the book survived?
Hundreds of years.
How long had it been since anyone read it?
Hundreds of years.
So how did the men know to go visit Huldah?
Some people had hidden the Book of the Law in their hearts. They had saved it, passing it from one generation to another. A treasure not hidden away, but opened for children’s hands to thumb through, to play with, to ask questions about, to learn from and to teach.
Huldah was one of those people. She knew the ancient words.
Where do you keep the ancient treasure? Is it collecting dust on a shelf?
Do your children know where to find it? Do they play with it and thumb through it with confidence?
Do people look for you to share the ancient wisdom? Are you known as a prophet who knows the Lord?
Have you obeyed the command of God . . .
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 ESV
The treasure is waiting to be opened.