Jesus’ parable of a man who found buried treasure in a field has had some
modern parallels to show that, like all His parables, this one is true to life.

In 1820, a Greek farmer on the island of Milos uncovered some blocks of carved
stone. Digging deeper, he found four statues. One of them was bought by a
French archaeological team and sent to Paris. Now people from all over the
world go to Paris just to see it: the Venus de Milo.

One of the best examples of buried treasure occurred in Tallin, Estonia. When
government restrictions were eased, a church was able to build a small
addition. Digging for the foundation they found a metal box. In it were
thousands of copies of the gospel of John in Estonian. At that time it was
virtually impossible to find a Bible in the Estonian language. The church never
discovered who had buried them there, or when, but to them it was truly buried

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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