The following is not a sound approach to biblical interpretation, but was a “reading” that revealed a powerful reminder. I like to confuse people by telling them that Nehemiah 10:12 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I see confusion on their faces as they look back at me and typically ask, “Are you sure?”
Nehemiah 10:12 simply lists three names: Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah. The verse is in the list of leaders agreed with Nehemiah to follow God’s law. But that is beside my point.
As I read the list of names one night, I wondered, more or less asking God halfheartedly, “What’s of these names here? Why am I reading them?” There was instantly a response in my mind, “Look them up.”
Zaccur means mindful or remember.
Sherebiah means Jehovah has scorched.
Shebaniah means Jehovah has increased.
Remember, God scorches, God increases. I was somewhat taken aback that there seemed to be a statement here . . . God is like the refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:2). Remember the refiner’s fire.
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2–4
The refining fire of God’s discipline, which we would all just as soon avoid, is for our cleansing, purification, and our perfection. The refiner makes the gold pure . . . it is not destroyed, like the burning bush (Exodus 3:2) was not consumed.
My other efforts to find hidden treasures in the Scripture this way have failed. But I can trust in the Lord that the Bible often speaks to my heart in far more ways than I might know.
6 responses to “Hidden Treasures”
Thanks for sharing. God has certainly stored up hidden treasures, or “hidden manna” for the spiritually hungry. Continue to do word studies on names and places, particularly in the Old Testament, and you will discovery a wealth of treasures all around you for your personal edificaton.
May God continue to bless you.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:
but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2)
Thank you, Pastor Richmond – I appreciate the Proverbs 25:2 citation…just proves my point!
A really fine read, thanks.
One of my most favorite worship songs is Blessed Be the Name of the Lord !!
In the refrain it goes: “You give & take away, You give & take away….My heart will CHOSE to say…..Lord Blessed be your Name.” As we trust the Lord in the hard times He also gives us the GOOD times as well !!! Matt. 6:33: “But seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…..and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Absolutely the most poignant verse right now as I am attempting to birth a new ministry: marketplace theology that places people before profit! See “A Brief Theology of Profit Making” on my blog.