By David A. Sargent
On November 16, 1992, Eric Hawes, a metal-detecting
enthusiast, was asked to help a local farmer find his hammer, which had been
lost in a field. Using his metal detector, Hawes found something else instead:
coins and other gold and silver objects. He immediately recognized it as
something valuable, so he reported to the Suffolk County Council, owners of the
land. The Suffolk Archaeological Unit professionally removed the contents
on the following day. The collection is now in the British Museum.
The find consisted of “15,000 gold and silver coins, gold jewelry and numerous
small items of silver tableware, including pepper pots, ladles and spoons"
It is estimated that this Roman treasure, better known as
the Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') Hoard, was buried around 407-408 A.D. as Roman
rule in Britain was deteriorating. It may have been hidden due to the
political turmoil of the time. The hoard had been buried in a wooden box
that had long since rotted away. The careful burial of this treasure
probably means that the owner intended to come back and recover it later, but
for whatever reason was unable to do so.
It was thus declared “treasure trove,” that is, objects of
gold or silver that had been hidden with the intention of recovery but for
which the original owner could not be found. Such discovery is to be reported
to the police and subject to a coroner's inquest. If the find is declared
treasure trove, it reverts to the British Crown and can be acquired by a museum
on payment of a sum equal to its full market value. This amount then is passed
on to the finder as a reward.
The British Museum purchased the treasure and a reward was
paid to Hawes. Hawes gave the hammerless farmer, Peter Whatling, half of the
1.75 million British pounds paid him. *
The Hoxne Hoard Treasure, however, is not the GREATEST
LISTEN to the words of Jesus....
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a
field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all
that he has and buys that field.” – Matthew 13:44
The GREATEST TREASURE is to be a part of the kingdom of
heaven, for therein are the greater, spiritual, and eternal blessings!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, gave His life on the cross to pay
the price for the sins of the world (Ephesians 1:7). Those who accept His
offer of salvation through trusting faith (Acts 16:30-31), repentance (Acts
17:30-31), confession of His name before men (Romans 10:9-10), and baptism
(immersion) into Christ (Acts 2:38), have their sins washed away by His blood
and are added to the Kingdom of Christ, the church (Acts 2:41, 47; Colossians
Jesus DIED in order to PURCHASE His kingdom (see Acts
20:28). It is worth much more than any sacrifice that we might make in
order to be a part of His kingdom!
Won’t YOU trust and obey the King of kings so that you can
have True Treasure?
P.S. Eric Hawes shared HIS treasure. Won’t YOU share the True
Treasure of Christ and His kingdom with others? Why not share Living
Water with someone today?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile,
Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled Living
Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David
via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Sources: Neal Pollard, minister of the Bear Valley Church of Christ in
Denver, CO, in his article entitled “The $3 Million Dollar Hammer.” Daily
Bread, 8-12-10. See http://www.bearvalleycofc.org/.
Additional information gleaned from The Encyclopaedia Romana, the British
Museum (www.britishmuseum.org), and www.hoxne.net