It was on this day in 1959 that Israel began exporting copper, mined from the same copper mines that had once been used in the days of King Solomon. In fact, this was the first such export of this metal since the days of that ancient kingdom. Copper was one of many resources first spoken of by Moses as being in the land of Israel. He wrote that Israel was:
“… a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.” (Deuteronomy 8:9)
It is amazing to think that, after 3,000 years, the nation of Israel could resume a process that had not been done since the days of the united kingdom when David and Solomon reigned. Simple things such as the mining of copper and other treasures are just more proof that the Scripture is true and an accurate historical record. Perhaps these findings are also indicators that the kingdom of Israel is soon to be united again. At the very least, it reminds us of what the Messiah said when speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)
The Kingdom of Heaven is full of treasure because the Kingdom of God is the treasure. To every generation it is a fathomless resource that has never failed to provide what we need when we need it. Of course, the treasure we seek today isn’t copper or any other temporal treasure. The treasure we are seeking is His Kingdom and His righteousness. If we put this first in our lives, then all the other things we need will be added to us. Furthermore, to seek His Kingdom is to seek Him, because in Him are all treasures. Paul said this:
“Attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)
Just as Solomon’s generation could depend upon the king to mine for resources, Messiah is the source to all generations for sustenance, provision, and security. In Him is all the treasure we will ever need.