Why Asa, who did right and had a heart wholly God’s, gave all the treasures that were left in the house of the Lord as well as all the treasures of the king’s house to Ben-hadad king of Syria, is beyond me. Well, I guess if it’s peace you’re after… temporary peace, that is.
He gave away what was left of the treasure… all the tangible glory of the temple of Jerusalem. gone.
“These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
He gave away gold and silver shadows. Just shadows.
The substance is in Christ.
Strange those riches we can both see and touch are shadows, and He whom we yet cannot see is the substance…
…the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you… that your hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is
Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge.”
God, help us to see, to remember that our treasure is YOU.
As Christ is in us, we lay hold of the only everlasting Treasure of true substance.