A letter Einstein wrote to his sons in 1945 explaining the nexus between his theories and the atomic bomb sold for $420,000 by Calabasas-based Profiles in History. An 1845 first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven and Other Poems” sold for $221,000, and a “single leaf” from the first edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales sold for $6,875. Still, six letters from novelist Harper Lee didn’t sell at a Christie’s auction. Written between 1956 and 1961, they were considered a certainty at $150,000 and $250,000. Nevertheless, bidding started at $80,000 and ceased at $90,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/13/15
God’s Holy Bible is incredibly valuable as an ancient manuscript. Imagine what a single original tablet of God’s WORDS to Moses in Exodus 20 would bring! Or an original chapter of Christ’s words in Matthew 5, or Paul’s words in I Corinthians 13.
As collector’s items. As literary creations. As attractions in a museum or university library. How many would make pilgrimages just to gaze at them? See the lines of people passing through to see the Dead Sea Scrolls as an example. Or the many who pay to see replicas of King Tut’s tomb.
However, most of those who would spend colossal sums to own original Bible tablets or manuscripts as history—sacred history at that—have no interest in reading the message they contain. And if few are interested in reading the Bible, fewer still are interested in trying to follow its teachings. And ever so few zealously pursue discipleship to serve Jesus.
The real treasure of God’s word is its message. From the GOD who Is. Who sent his only begotten Son as “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being….” Hebrews 1:3. That had never happened before. It would never happen again. It didn’t need repetition. For Jesus perfectly fulfilled all that Law demanded and Grace expected.
Read God’s message. Therein is the full, limitless, endless treasure no one can exhaust in this world. Which will open all of God’s glory in the next. Which will take eternity to explore.