Let’s check out the first key on the chain found in the Old Testament. Turn to Deuteronomy 4:36 and read along with me.
“Out of heaven He made you hear His voice”. To do what? So that “He might correct, discipline, and admonish you”.
Now slide the second Old Testament key on the ring into your hand and turn tp Proverbs 12:1.
“WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.”
The KEY in this verse we just read together has a name. It’s called the “WHOEVER” key.
WHOEVER loves discipline.
WHOEVER loves knowledge.
WHOEVER isn’t stupid.
That was the second key in the Old Testament. Let slide the third key in place on the ring. Turn with me to Proverbs 23:23. It tells us to “Buy the truth and sell it not:” Attached to that third key are four other keys. Not smaller but they have their own shape and color to each one. That’s for distinguishing their importance for a later use perhaps. The FOUR keys are:
JUDGEMENT-that is good judgement by the way.
Wow! The key ring is getting fuller but we will see later how each key is valuable and has their purposes in opening the locks to God’s Treasure Box. Lets make sure at this point that we have all the Old Testament keys in order.
HEARING God’s voice. Thats called the RHEMA word.
LOVE knowledge and wisdom.
TRUTH-always keep this key close to you.
Are there any keys to be found in the New Testament? There are many keys to find but since the key ring is quickly filling up, I will put three more KEYS on the ring. Lets get started. The first key can be found in the beginning of the NT. Matthew 8:26 says, “And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid. O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness).” The KEY is CALMNESS or a perfect peace. Calmness in a storm or under outside pressures and demands. This key is also referenced in Mark 4:39 and Luke 8:24. The second KEY in the NT is the Greek word SOPHRONISMO “of one accord”. Romans 15:6 calls it DISCIPLINE in my walk with Jesus. “That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” With all the outside pressures of work, of relationships, of the world’s problems pushing at us from every direction; it takes DISCIPLINE.
So DISCIPLINE is the second key we found. What? You said there were three keys. Oh yeah. Three keys. Thanks for reminding me. Turn to 1 Peter 4:7 and read along with me. That’s in case I overlook something.
“But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice] of PRAYER.” The third KEY is the key of PRAYER. If we don’t PRACTICE using the PRAYER KEY, we won’t have access to looking inside of God’s Treasure Box.
Now that we have a full key ring with all these different valuable keys, which one is the secret key to immediately open the TREASURE BOX? We should know two things about locks to the box. Some open with keys and others don’t! Remember the sign on the outside of the box? It read “CONFIDENCE and TRUST” . Is there possibly a box within a box? Maybe. We will talk about it on another day! Do you feel like a lock-smith yet?