On August 5, 2014, a rare collection of coins was discovered near the Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv highway.
“Evidently someone here feared the end was approaching and hid his property, perhaps in the hope of collecting it later when calm was restored to the region,” reported the excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
While the Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company was engaged in extensive work on the Highway 1 project, which is the main thoroughfare connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered pottery sherds.The discovery “resulted in an archaeological excavation in which a previously unknown settlement from the Late Second Temple period was discovered," in addition to "a rare hoard of coins that was found in one of its houses.”
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The hoard of 114 bronze coins was retained in a “ceramic money box,” and has been dated to the fourth year of [the] Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans, which led to the subjugation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. The discovery is most interesting in comparison to Jesus' parable of the talents (Matt 25: 14-30).
The parable of the talents is a condemnation on the Jewish religious leaders for being given much (cf. Matt 13:12), yet who became characterized as a barren and faithless generation (21:18-32).
They rejected Jesus to serve their own wretched desires (21:33-41), which would culminate in their own destruction (vv. 42-44). Only those alert for the Master’s coming “will be saved” and thus able to share the blessedness of His coming kingdom. As opposed to disloyalty, the Lord’s servants are to invest resources through radical, righteous, and even risky obedience to Him (always by His grace and for His glory).
Click on the image below to read the complete January 2016 article in the Midnight Call magazine