Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 28, 2017

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, … But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 39.

“At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.  Hezekiah was pleased, and showed them all his treasure house, the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and his whole armory and all that was found in his treasuries.  There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.  Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where have they come to you?”  And Hezekiah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.”  He said, “What have they seen in your house?”  So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house;  there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them.”

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house and all that your fathers have laid up in store to this day will be carried to Babylon;  nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.  ‘And some of your sons who will issue from you, whom you will beget, will be taken away, and they will become officials in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”  Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good.”  For he thought, “For there will be peace and truth in my days.”  Isaiah chapter 39.

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Hezekiah knew that his riches could not extend his life;  it was only God’s grace that extended his life as we learned in the last chapter.  (Isaiah 38:1-5).

And, we learned from Isaiah’s prophesy in in today’s Scripture that Hezekiah’s riches would be stolen and would not last a generation beyond his life.

Earthly treasures do not last, and they do not save.   

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”  Proverbs 11:4-5.

“He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.”  Proverbs 11:28.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;  for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21.

In sharp contrast, heavenly treasure lasts, and it does save.

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:14.

We have been entrusted with such heavenly treasure which lasts and which saves and which is the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation summarized by “TULIP”.  

Are we going to be faithful in its use?  Or, are we going to be like the unfaithful slave in the Parable of Talents who hides and buries it?  (Matthew 25:14-30).

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?  Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.  Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”  Luke 12:42-44. 

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