In light of present plunging of the Wall Street, we all need to be reminded of following words of Jesus:
- NAU Matthew 6:19 ¶ “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Regarding those words of Jesus, here’s some helpful exegesis:
- Treasures in ancient time meant “an abundance of anything that was held to be conducive to the ornament or comfort of life” [Albert Barnes, Barnes’ Notes: The Gospels (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996), 70].
- Treasures means “Whatever one prizes most that puts above everything else” [Leon Morris, The Gospel According to Matthew, PNTC (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992), 153].
- By treasures, Jesus means “the things we prize most dearly” [Sinclair Ferguson, The Sermon on the Mount (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth, 1997), 136].
- “Where the affection is not entire, there is no true worship of God” [John Calvin, “Harmony of Matthew, Mark, and Luke” in Calvin’s Commentaries (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003), 338].