Meditation number 36

Great spoil

&lquo;I rejoice at thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil. &rquo; (Ps. 119 :16) This well known verse is often interpreted giving the sense of “treasure” to the word “spoil”. Assuredly, the Word in an incomparable treasure, but the word spoil has a more precise meaning. Spoil is precious however it means, more than a treasure, being the result of conquest (Deut. 20:14), effort and deep research. This meaning gives us to understand that the treasures of the Word are only accessible through expended effort. In nature, the treasures of the earth are only accessible after digging deep and diligent search; it is so with gold and precious metals or stones; pearls also are buried in the depth of the ocean. The ground only yields it's strength after toil and labor and care. It is so with the things of God. Eternal salvation is freely accessible, and offered to all (being received by simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross); in contrast however, the infinite depths of the revelation of God cannot be sounded in any measure save by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10) and by diligence of spirit(1 Cor. 2:12, 2 Tim.2:7). The spoil is there, waiting only to reveal its secret treasures to those who search it diligently (Mat. 7:8).

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