”A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
-Out of the abundance of a man’s heart the mouth speaks. From a man’s speech much of his heart content is revealed, a righteous man edifies with good speech but a wicked/corrupt man brings forth evil talk. Just like king Hezekiah proudly revealed the treasures of Israel to the enemy, our mouth’s have the ability to impart curses or blessings upon our lives & that of others; in the natural & spiritual realm. It is therefore better to speak of Gods’ goodness & give thanks in everything for this is the will of God through Christ Jesus.
-Treasure in Hebrew is written as segullah which means precious metals, gems, or things with value.
-After God blessed King Hezekiah with fifteen more years, he proudly exposed the treasures of Israel to Babylonians which symbolised their financial & military power (2 Kin 20:13). Despite Berodach-Baladan son of king Baladan of Babylon presenting gifts & letters to king Hezekiah when he was ill, Babylonians still proved to be their enemies by taking all their treasures & capturing them as prisoners during the time of king Nebuchanezzar. Afterwards, God promised the Israelites restoration by breaking the gates of bronze & cutting the bars of iron which were most probably used by Babylonians during their captivity, for they made huge solid bronze or brass gates fastened by horizontal iron bars (Isa 45:2-3). God promised to restore their wealth probably those taken by king Nebuchanezzar from the house of God to the house of their gods (Dan 1:2) & many other treasures of darkness hidden in secret places, for the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous (Prov 13:22). John the Baptist spoke the same message saying; “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God (Lk 3:5-6)”. Sometimes we expose our secrets or weaknesses to the wrong people/ enemies in the natural or spiritual realms who most often cause harm to our lives & that of others. Samson revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah who brought about his destruction & much harm to the Israelites. God calls whoever lacks wisdom to ask from Him. His Word is God Himself for He became flesh & dwelt among us, & it is more valuable than all treasures of this world. Wisdom from Him is more valuable than rubies & nothing can be compared to her, instructions more valuable than silver & knowledge than choice gold (Prov 8:10-11). In seeking first Gods’ kingdom & His righteousness, all other things are added unto us (Mat 6:33). Many seek after money & works of the flesh more than God & their hearts depart from Him. Knowledge is comprehension of the word which comes by constantly reading the Bible, understanding comes by diligence in meditation, hearing & reading interpretations of truth & wisdom is application of the word, & whoever lacks this gift should ask of the Lord in prayer. God has hidden His word in our hearts that whoever has faith in Him may find Him; as the Holy Spirit walks with us through every step. Moses demonstrated great faith in God by leaving his comfort zone; that is Pharaoh’s house & moved ahead to lead the people out of captivity heeding to Gods’ instructions. Moses did not focus on the worldly treasures but looked to the reward of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 11:24-26). Jesus instructs us to lay up our treasures in heaven where moth & rust cannot destroy or thieves cannot break in & steal, for where ones treasure is so will the heart be (Mat 6:19-21). Jesus also tells us that one can either love Him or money (Mat 6:24). He demonstrates this using the parable of a young man who followed all His commandments but his heart was inclined to money. When he asked Jesus what he needed to do to get eternal life, Jesus told him to sell everything & give to the poor then he would have treasures in heaven (Mat 19:20-22). By this Jesus revealed that the young man thought he had money but the money got him. We note that money is not bad, in-fact God wants us have it but let it not come before the love of God & one forgets to focus on the reward of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. God calls us to treasure His word in our hearts & apply it in our lives for it is the foundation of wisdom. Christ our Salvation gives us wisdom & cleanses us by His precious blood from all obstacles that we face in our lives. He gives us treasures hidden in secret places, makes every crooked path straight, levels all the mountains & smoothens all rough paths in our lives. He redeems us from every york of slavery & through His blood saves us from all bondages that we may believe in Him & be saved.
Lord our Father full of goodness & justice we exult You for the graces You have bestowed upon our lives, families & nation. Purify our hearts by Your precious blood Jesus we call on You; that we may always harbor good treasures & intentions within us. Cleanse our tongues Father from evil speech, murmuring, back biting, coarse jesting & other profanities that our mouth may always be a blessing to us & all those around us. Deliver us Jesus from all accusations against us & our families in the courts of heavens by Your precious blood that we have caused ourselves or brought upon us by others for You are our righteous Judge & Intercessor. All glory & praise belongs to You Jesus now & forever. Amen
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