On May 24, 1626, the island of Manhattan was bought by Peter Minuit, of the Dutch West India Company, for goods worth sixty guilders. Ten years after the purchase of Manhattan a rare tulip bulb (Violetten Admirael van Enkhuizen) was sold for 5200 guilders, yet within a few months it was worth a hundredth of that amount, due to the collapse of the tulip market. The story of those two purchases shows how difficult it can be to value something correctly without knowing what the future holds.
In the Bible we find the information we need about the future to make a correct valuation of God’s salvation offer here and now. What’s on offer is far more precious than all the real estate of Manhattan, and knowing that in advance gives us the confidence we need to close the deal. Have you said “yes” to Jesus yet?
sixty guilders is an occasional blog by Bernard Nicholas Howard, Assistant Minister at Christ Church New York City. My overview of the Bible, “The Book of the Covenant,” is available from The Good Book Company US, The Good Book Company UK, Amazon US, and Amazon UK.