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by Leon Gile
04/03/07
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DIGGING AROUND

Digging in our yard. There was an area where 'no grass grew,' and we helped keep it that way! We kids constructed little towns with roads included. Using blocks of wood for cars (no matchbox cars in those days) and trucks, we would transverse our simple roadways. Small cardboard cartons were used for houses and stores. The age of imagination! And what did we use for digging? Spoons, forks, and whatever else we could 'rustle' up. Spent hours in this endeavor.

Elementary school recesses: the BIG DEAL was digging and chipping away at the huge boulder located at the far end of the playground. Our enterprising group used to smuggle cold chisels, stone chisels, masonry chisels, and, of course, hammers to be shared by the Digger's Club. No metal detectors in those days---only dads. Teachers seemed to be pleased that we were causing no trouble. What were we looking for? A snake or a nugget of gold! hehehe.

Digging in the potato field. It was like a Scavenger Hunt or an Easter Egg Hunt. Digging up those 'Maine' potatoes---all sizes, but mostly the same shapes. Like mining for nuggets of gold. Mashed potatoes tonight, yea!

Then along came Boy Scouts: digging 'trenches' around our tents so that rain wouldn't flow or trickle in. This built "character" so our Scout Master said...

Lots of digging took place in the Old Testament:

Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. Gen 26:19.

Moses unfolding the future to the people, "...a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron, and you can dig copper out of the hills. Deut 8:9.

Ezekiel digging: Then he (angel) brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked and saw a hole in the wall. He said to me, "Son of man, now dig into the wall." So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there. Ez 8:7. (Exposing the idolatry in the Lord God's temple.

In our times 'digging' is considered a respected profession---archaeologists. Teamed with thousands of volunteers, these archaeologists much evidence validating Scripture. The Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, the Pool of Siloam in 2004, and Hezekiah's Tunnel under Jerusalem are a few examples. The work of archaeologists in the Middle East has intensified in the latter days. Especially in the areas in and around Jerusalem.

Digging for artifacts is one thing. Digging for nuggets of gold is another. But digging for SPIRITUAL TRUTH holds the highest value...

For he (Paul) vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving (digging into) the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 18:28.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined (digging into) the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11.

You diligently study (digging into) the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have (spiritual, eternal) life. John 5:39,40.

May your digging be ever delightful!

Now I am an old man. But double-digging is my passion: digging in yonder garden and digging in the Scriptures.

Happy Easter Season!





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