The Oak Island Money Pit
It was the year 1795. A teenager by the name of Daniel McGinnis was out walking through the forest on Oak Island, near Nova Scotia in Canada. Suddenly, the eighteen-year-old noticed a strange circular ‘dip’ in the forest floor. Looking around, he also noticed that some of the trees seemed to have been deliberately cut back around the area. Legend also has it that Daniel spotted some kind of pulley hanging from a tree branch overhead. Suddenly, Daniel’s mind was racing with possibilities. Oak Island was steeped in legends of pirates and buried treasure. Had pirates been here? Was something buried beneath that strange dip in the ground? The next day, Daniel hurried back with two friends and they began to dig!
The digging was hard work. A few feet below the surface, the three lads unearthed a layer of flagstone. Beyond the flagstone, they found layers of logs which seemed to have been deliberately placed at every ten feet. But after digging to an impressive thirty feet, Daniel and his friends had still not managed to find anything and so, reluctantly, they abandoned the search.
It wasn’t long before rumours began to spread about the “Oak Island Money Pit.” Eight years later, a team of Excavators brought in their machinery and continued digging. At between eighty and ninety feet below the surface, they finally found something! It was a stone bearing strange symbols. Several people tried to work out the meaning of the symbols. Eventually, a Professor came up with a translation: “FORTY FEET BELOW, TWO MILLION POUNDS LIE BURIED!” Had Daniel and his friends really discovered the site of a hoard of buried treasure?
Over the years, there have been dozens of attempts to get to the bottom of the Oak Island Mystery. But every attempt has been met with one disaster after another. The pit seems to be rigged with booby traps, which cause the pit shaft to repeatedly collapse and fill up with sea-water. Sadly, six people have even died in their efforts to unearth the Oak Island stash. To this very day, nobody has ever been successful.
But like Captain Jack Sparrow once said:
Not all treasure’s silver and gold, mate!
What do YOU think?
- Do you think there is really a hoard of money buried on Oak Island, or do you think it’s just a hoax?
- How far would you go to get your hands on a box of buried treasure?
- Would you risk your life for it?
- If you inherited a million pounds, what would you spend it on?
Look it Up!
The bible tells us that there is a treasure, that is far more valuable than silver or gold and precious jewels that we should all be searching for.
It’s not found in an old wooden chest, or buried in a hole in the ground. Do you know what that treasure is? To find the answer, have a dig around in Proverbs chapter 2 and 3.
Look up the following passages and then see if you can unscramble the anagrams below:
- Proverbs 2: 1-7
- Proverbs 3:13-15
O M W I D S
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T R A D E S D U N G I N
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How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire compares with her – Proverbs 3:13-15
Wisdom is more valuable than silver or gold and precious stones.