About 12 miles north of the Biblical city of Samaria is an archeological dig called Tell Dotha. We would remember it because of the now famous quotation; “they that are with us are more than they that are with them” II Kings 6:13-23 Dothan is also the place where Joseph was thrown into a pit before being sold into slavery by his brothers.
Dr. Joseph Free began excavation there in 1953, paying special attention to the level the Middle Iron Era. The areas of the town of Elijah’s day that have been uncovered show narrow streets and small houses with storage pits and bread ovens. It was in this level that they discovered a small pottery box containing 15 pieces of silver— the savings of some individual who was forced to leave them.
I wonder what that person who was so careful about the uncertain future, would say about Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 6? Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.(Mat 6:19-21)
In this turbulent time that you and I live, also face a very uncertain future. Although we will never get to know the prophet Elijah or the owner of the silver coins, we can get to know the God who was very present in the city of Dothan during that time.
While we are building our own little “kingdoms,” let make sure that we are mindful of the fact that only what is done for God’s Kingdom will last.
Bro Alton Thornhill