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Eternal Treasures…

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O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance.

               –Psalm 16.5-6

Eternal Treasures. What does that phrase conjure in your little grey cells? I admit that when I see those two words side by side, I am guilty of thinking that eternal treasures are those which are far off, out of reach, things which are elusive, ethereal, vaporous, unattainable, invisible, intangible–which have no substance. Indeed, if they are ever to be enjoyed, they are for some ideal celestial future, the concept of which is limited by my own myopic imagination…

If you spend a little time exploring the worldwide web of definitions of the word “treasure,” you will find numerous proverbial quotes which identify a myriad of substantial, experiential pleasures and possessions defined as precious treasures. I found the following assortment: health, time, friendship, family, children, memories, books, contentment, wit, creativity, pets, illusions, music, ancestry… All of them are blessings to which we can aspire and which are within our grasp in the here-and-now… But they are all governed by time; they are “ordinary” as they say in liturgical circles–i.e., their days are numbered. They are temporal…

Eternal treasures are extraordinary; that is, they are not governed by time; they are outside of time; they are eternal…

The word “eternal” does not refer to things which are limited to the “hereafter.” Eternal things mean now and forever–they have always been and will forever be. Eternal things are not without substance; they are not intangible; they are not elusive. Eternal things have always been and will forever be REAL…

Eternal Treasures are REAL LIVE treasures. They are meant for REAL LIFE living, now and forever; and nothing and no one can ever take away these treasures from those who receive them and enjoy them…

Today, I have added another unit of study to the page on which I have posted Discipling the Messianic Believer: An Invitation for LIFE. You can find the new material on the link to Page 3. There you will find content for Unit 3.

Unit 3 is entitled:  “The Heritage of LIFE.”  There are four study sessions in this unit. Each one explores a distinct treasure which those who belong to Messiah Jesus may claim and enjoy in its fullness–now and forever: The Holy Scriptures, Prayer and Devotion to God, Overcoming Evil, and Messianic Mishpochah* – a forever family. Nothing and no one–not even death–can ever take away these treasures from those who receive them by faith in the Lord Jesus, the Messiah…

galactic rideIn our here-and-now, we are sitting on a jewel orbiting a star in the galaxy some 28,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way. Poised on an arm near the edge, we are still being hurtled through space at 600,000 miles per hour as the galaxy spins on its unseen center. Meanwhile the entire galaxy is hurtling through the vastness at 1.3 million miles per hour, while our little planet is spinning on its own axis at 1040 miles per hour, and rotating around our star in the galaxy at 66,600 miles per hour. Are you dizzy yet? What a ride!!!  And when you listen to the day’s news reports about all that men gain and lose in a day on this planet, remember that the REAL LIFE treasures in Messiah are forever, here for the taking by those who love Him. Wherever you are on this cosmic ride, whatever characterizes the “who” that you are and the sweetness and bitterness appointed to you in your days, God intended for these treasures to bless and strengthen and sharpen and equip and encourage and humble and heal and guide and counsel and instruct and gladden and make you wise beyond all worldly wit in all your here-and-now–forever…

So, beloved, I invite you to view the material in Unit 3 and dig deeply into the very Word of the God who has ordered our cosmic ride…

…And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

–Jeremiah 29.13

*FOOTNOTE: If you have just visited this page and find the terms in each study somewhat alien to you, please go to Page 1 on the DISCIPLING THE MESSIANIC BELIEVER page. There you will find a link to A Guide to Messianic Jewish/Hebraic/Yiddish Terms, found in the link to Appendix A.

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