“One of the better known treasure hunts in modern times is the quest to find the rumored wealth known as the “Beale treasure.” The hunt began when an eccentric man, who left the East for the gold and silver mines of the West, returned home, supposedly hid a vast amount of wealth, then disappeared forever. All he left behind were several messages written in a mysterious code. One of those messages when deciphered told of the treasure and its approximate location. The other documents, then, would narrow down the site. Since the Beale documents first came to light, thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent attempting to break the codes and find the legendary treasure” (Today in the Word, MBI, December, 1989, p. 14).
People have always been willing to put tons of time, effort, and resources to find treasure. The Beale treasure was no different. In Scripture there also a treasure spoken about. Matthew 13:44 says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
There is no treasure on this earth that is as great as the kingdom of heaven. People have always given up so much to obtain physical treasures. So what are we willing to give up to obtain this great spiritual treasure?