Repetition is the best form of emphasis. Some of these questions arose in me after a near-death experience and many fishing incidents where, but for the grace of God, I could have easily lost my life. The man in the parable sold everything that he had so that he might buy the field. Lesson 1: The Nature of Parables The Bible, like any piece of literature, employs a number of figures of speech, including allegories and metaphors. The riches of Christ are of much higher worth than the whole world full of wealth. “One is to see that it is about us seeking God. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. The first parable, The Sower, and the eighth, The Householder, are key, the first introducing and anticipating all of the parables, and the last concluding and reflecting back on the whole, stating the church's purpose and duty under the authority of Jesus Christ. All of God's riches are found in Christ. The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Six): The Parable of the Hidden Treasure Bible Study by Martin G. Collins. We are part of the body of Christ. The divine transaction is to give your sins to Him, and He will clothe you with His righteousness. Looking for something slightly different? The third section can be titled "The Ministry's Duty to the Church.". It takes time and energy to keep focused while one explores diligently. Matthew 13 contains Christ's explanation of His use of parables as a way of teaching. Our hands can be full of all kinds of things. The Householder (verse 52) represents the work of the true minister and teacher who feeds the household of faith from a rich storehouse of essential spiritual treasures. When we use God's Spirit, joy is produced. His car, his boat, and his house. This gospel of Christ is hidden in the field of the world, but people plow their fields day after day and do not give a care where they are going when they pass from this world. I had no idea where that purchase would eventually take me. Jesus Christ our Savior found us, a special treasure in the world, and gave His all to call us out of the world and redeem us. He knew who we were before we were called (Psalm 71:5-6; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:76; Romans 8:28-29; Galatians 1:15-16; II Timothy 2:19-21). Today, we need to consider we are heading in a similar direction. Jesus reveals here how He views the world in relation to the church. In both parables, a comparison is made to the kingdom of heaven. This is not the Protestant doctrine of eternal security, which is false. It is immediately obvious that the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price and the Parable of the Hidden Treasure are similar; they have a similar form and similar symbols. No longer are we hidden in the world because we conform to it, but for the opposite reason. 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. I must make it clear that a relationship with God is not something that can be "bought." What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the. Guess what is true with the one who finds that pearl? Christ reflects His Father in every way, and God is a God of joy. This search is universal. The English word consecrate is translated from the Hebrew word, male’ (מלא – Strong’s 04390) and yad (יד – Strong's 03027). I know that this was indeed the case with me as you can imagine. Our being hidden is the protection part. From the point of giving our lives to Christ, we are managers of those things that we previously owned. Jesus gave a second parable with a slightly different meaning for a reason: to give us encouragement. Others see great value in the words of eternity, and they trade the stuff of the temporary world that they may hold onto the things of the unseen world. Let's take a look first at the treasure hidden in a field. This parable serves to teach us that we may not understand details of the word-picture. What does He mean by giving up everything? The Parable of the Hidden Treasure. As he was turning over the soil, the treasure became unearthed. Wives could grasp His word pictures from home life. Main Point: The Kingdom of God is worth far more than anything else. Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 3): Hidden Treasure. In the matter of the elephant, I guess you could say I stumbled upon a treasure. I did not realize how this was to change my life. The merchant was amazed at his find! This search is universal. A particular Bible translation may divide the chapter into only seven parables, but there are eight parables in Matthew 13. It was always my dream as a bottom–trawling fisherman on the East coast of England to come across one of the ships containing gold that sunk on the treacherous sandbanks that line the coastline of England. When the merchant saw the value of what lay before him, he decided that the only way that he could acquire the pearl was to sell all that he had. When the man found this pearl of high price, he resolved within his heart that he would have it. In both parables, the treasures are hidden, indicating that spiritual truth is missed by many and cannot be found by intelligence or power or worldly wisdom. “One is to see that it is about us seeking God. Parable of the Hidden Treasure: Matthew 13:44. It is possible for us to hold certain things so tightly that we are not able to receive the things that God would give to us. Usually the eighth is combined with the seventh parable. It is who you know: “by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11). The other is to see that it is about God seeking us. It would be a total famine, and they had to prepare accordingly. In this parable, Jesus was talking about a hidden treasure. The man seeking for pearls is a picture of a man who doesn't stumble upon the truth; he actively engaged in thinking through his seeking. I quote from writer and Bible teacher, R.T. Kendall. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (Isaiah 55:1). When someone finds Christ, he enters God's kingdom. 1) The great value of the Kingdom of God. Fourth Pair: The Dragnet (verse 47) teaches that the good and evil who intermingle on earth will be completely separated in the judgment. If I had found any of those ships with their treasure, it would be nothing compared to the spiritual treasure that I found in Christ. The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46) Lesson. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Adam and Eve sinned. These jewels were the object of his life. As God's elect, we have Christ dwelling in us, and by doing the will of the Father as He did, we can have His joy. His life had a purpose and a goal. After the eighth parable, Matthew makes another concluding statement, ". One day, you must leave this world, and if your focus in life is just on the field of this world rather than the treasure hidden, what will your last words be? It is not what you know that justifies you. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. As I mentioned at the beginning of this study, there are two ways of looking at this parable. Out the door went the satellite television, the Xbox, his smartphone. It is not the intent of this study to focus on just what is the kingdom of heaven, for that is a topic in itself; suffice it to say that the kingdom of God or heaven (the names are synonymous with one another in the Scriptures) is the rule and reign of God. We seek after that which we deem to be precious. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). Taken together, the stories describe the characteristics and dynamism of the church, its formidable obstacles, and its ultimate victory. It’s not hard to see why that is so valuable. God offers us His treasure if we receive Christ. A merchant trades knowledge for money. 25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. It is by knowing a person, the person of Christ. The world camouflages us because we still physically look like the world, but being regenerated members of God's church, we are radically different spiritually. This man in the parable went out and released his grip on other things so that he could entirely hold on to the treasure. There have been many blessings in my life that have come to me because of the buying and giving of my treasured souvenir. First, some would say that Christ is the servant of God that has come to labor in the fields and has found His treasure, the Church, and has given up all so that He may buy the field with His blood to purchase and take the Church to Himself. They want to guard their reputation. What Jesus spoke before verse 34 is primarily negative, not positive, and these negative things have been hidden from man since the foundation of the world. The chapter contains eight parables. Today, we're going to learn about a parable about a man who finds a hidden treasure and about a merchant who is searching for fine pearls. Farmers listened to pictures of agricultural life. Jesus used pictures that fit the occasion in a way that preserved their naturalness. The remaining four parables illustrate the inner characteristics of His church. The greatest battle has already been won, and that is not all. He now owns us, and through sanctification, He protects us and hides us from the world. If you understand what is in these parables, you will have a pretty good idea of what is happening spiritually. There are old habits that need to be gone! The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl - “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. She was overjoyed. These four parables describe the outward characteristics of the church, the working of the mystery of sin against the church, and the extent to which the Evil One is allowed to go in his opposition. Let's think about the ways that people make a living. Some people were not looking for Him, but in some way, they stumbled upon the truth about Christ hid from view in the field of the world. No doubt, he went home and had a garage sale—everything must go! All of God's riches are found in Christ. He cashed in all the stocks that he had, pension plan, everything! You find out that God was behind your seeking all along, and you thank Him that He stayed with you, got your attention and caused you to want it above all else. All people have the same needs and long for the same things. He could have stolen it and sold it off in a neighboring country. Christ now sits at the right hand of God, continually appearing in the Father's presence, making intercession for us as our Mediator (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:24). “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The man came, and after ten minutes of tinkering, he solved the problem and gave Henry Ford the bill for $10,000. “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Mat 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). Each person has his or her idea of that which represents value. Jesus goes on to say that this treasure was hidden in a … This free study is part of a 20 part series called, "The Parables." We cannot seem to get enough! 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:44-46). This title was transferred from ancient Israel to spiritual Israel, the church (Galatians 6:16). Occasionally, one hears of people stumbling upon buried treasure, such as in the text we are studying. The other is to see that it is about God seeking us. The man in the parable sold everything that he had so that he might buy the field. He is not thinking about all that it has cost him. Some people spend many years learning a skill or trading knowledge for money. A couplet of parables is found in Mt 13:44-46 1) "The Parable Of The Hidden Treasure" 2) "The Parable Of The Pearl Of Great Price" b. Satan's plan to destroy God's plan of salvation, which He is fulfilling through the church. When a man finds all for which his soul has been longing, there are internal changes that take place. Why does Jesus choose the analogy of a merchant? He takes the money he made selling his possessions, and he buys the pearl. 44 “The kingdom of heaven () is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. When a person is born-again of the Spirit (John 3:3), he or she comes into a relationship with God through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Even human-made religion with a careful system of do’s and don’ts can keep a person from laying hold of the truth in Christ. But, the most striking figure used is the parable, for it teaches such deep and timeless lessons. Parables of a Hidden Treasure and a Valuable Pearl Story Overview:. We are to see the great value in selling all and focusing our souls on the Lord Jesus that we may attain. Jesus gave clear and precise illustrations to which His audience could relate. In these two parables, then—the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price—there must be something additional in the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price that is not quite understandable from the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. The Pearl (verse 45) represents the preciousness of the church to Christ, who sacrifices everything to acquire it.  R.T. Kendall, The Parables of Jesus, Published by Chosen Books, Page 76. Many who stumble upon these words that speak of a Savior will later regret that they did not lay hold of the truth in that verse. is God s chosen, favored The common interpretation, He is the most prominent, best known personality in the history of And it was on THIS planet that God came in the flesh and dwelt for 33 I said all of that for 2 This Bible Study is taken from the blog Another Lost Sheep. These eight parables can be divided into three sections. However, the focus of what the kingdom of God represents appears to shift from the object of value (the hidden treasure) to the person searching (the merchant), giving the Hidden Treasure Parable a different focus and importance than the Pearl Parable. When the merchant found the pearl, his search was complete. Perhaps, because he was afraid that someone else would offer a better deal to the pearl salesman. Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, did not invent the car; he is famous for developing the assembly line technique of mass production of the vehicle. We have more going for us than we might think, despite the spiritual battles we still have to fight. Acts 20:28 and John 3:16-17 show that the pruchase price for the field, the world, was His own blood—His all. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? We seek after that which we deem to be precious. The thought is to give ourselves to the God of creation so that our hands are empty of other things so that we are full of God. Such was the testimony of the apostle Paul: What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. When Jesus finished the first seven parables, He asked His disciples, "Have you understood all these things?" For some, like the rich young ruler in Matthew’s Gospel that wanted to know what he still lacked, Jesus replied to him, saying. He did this to emphasize matters to Pharaoh. What happens when we make a purchase? Our Lord and Savior, finding the treasure of His elect in the world, conceals and protects them against all the depredations of the enemy. Historians tell us that pursuit of pleasure was one of the characteristics of ancient Rome that preceded the fall of the Roman Empire. On September 27, 2013, a French climber that was scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc stumbled across a treasure of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires buried for decades. To free our grip on the things of this world, we are to consecrate or sanctify ourselves to the Lord. Parable of the Hidden Treasure This week I had just two children, both under 5. Remember, the life we live on this earth is but a shadow of the real life beyond this plane of existence. We do not know the value of the pearl of high price, but the merchant knew this to be the most significant deal of a lifetime, and he knew it would cost him much for this pearl. Optional Materials: Items of various price, either pictures or actual objects. French authorities are contacting their Indian counterparts to trace the owner or heirs of the jewels. Instead of glorifying us immediately, He hides us after we are called (John 17:11, 14-18) by physically sending us back into the world. “to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3). What does a merchant do? Matthew 13.44 NLT “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. It would have been easier to take traveler's checks, but my thinking was that, if I came across any difficulty, I could sell the elephant to get money in dollars or whatever currency I needed. When we buy something, we give up some commodity or treasure that we have to obtain something that we deem to be of greater value. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Jesus gave the first four to the mixed multitude, while He told the last four to the twelve disciples in private. Ancient rabbinical law stated that if a workman came across treasure in a situation like this, the legal owner would be the one who owned the field. A pearl is created in nature by the oyster when an irritant such as a bit of sand enters the oyster’s shell. He could scarcely believe his good fortune, for this remarkable pearl was unlike anything else he had seen. When a man found a treasure he hid it in a field and then sold everything he had to buy the field. Gospel Connection : There are many wonderful things that we treasure here on Earth that we can treasure, but the greatest treasure that we could ever obtain is Heaven. Joy! Second Pair: The Mustard Seed (verse 31) represents the dynamic growth of the church from small beginnings even while adversaries confront it. . What was kept secret from the foundation of the world? In the Old Testament, God calls Israel His "special treasure" (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 135:4) and "My jewels" (Malachi 3:16-17, margin: "special treasure"). He has great joy in doing so! The Tares (verse 24) represents the relationship of the church to the wicked one and his agents. It is a truth that when one is diligent to seek after good things, God will meet him on the way. What is the main point of the parable? We are to take the main point of the story. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure – Matthew 13:44. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure is a well known parable of Jesus, which appears in Matthew 13:44, and illustrates the great value of the Kingdom of Heaven. With this parable, as with all the parables of Christ, the details are not to be stressed. In the two parables that we are looking into today, we read about two people who come across something of great value and what they do to secure their ownership of the treasure and the pearl. "Hid" is used in a negative sense in the Parable of the Leaven, but the context of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure is positive. The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and Pearl. However, there is another way to interpret the parable. It is interesting that in this series of parables, Christ gave two that are so much alike. It was out of … “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! There was an inner joy that flooded my soul after years of searching for the truth about the world, my identity, and my purpose in life. 44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. Practices of the tongue can require time to overcome and bring to the cross. If you are a seeker, I would suggest that you look hard at the pearl and explore the truths of what God has done for you. When we receive His Spirit, we also begin to receive His joyous nature as a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). He maintains His joyous excitement by looking forward to the glorious future of the Family of God and by always doing the will of the Father. So what is the lesson in the Parable of the Hidden Treasure? A person does not come into the kingdom of God by the sweat of his brow by working hard to earn position or even by one’s knowledge of the topic of religion. Matthew 13:44 (NIV) I have always seen this verse interpreted, and thought of it myself, as us finding the treasure… The treasure was hidden, meaning it needed to be sought after. It needs to be sold cheaply. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. “What is your treasure?” Children’s Sermon on the Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl. The merchant, a picture of you and me, goes forth doing four things. In addition, He did it because something appeared in the second one that was not in the first, and it was an important factor for Pharaoh to understand. Jesus is speaking of dark mysteries, dark things happening. “You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The worth of having God ruling over you and, for you, over everything else. Prayer: Father, thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ and His accomplished work on the cross, dying in my place to pay the price of the debt of my sin. The pearls (plural) that the merchant sought probably symbolize this search. 28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. When the merchant found the pearl, his search was complete. I long to see a revival among people today, especially among the young. That they understood made it possible for Jesus to conclude with a final parable that reveals the responsibility of the disciples as "scribes" in the church, "instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven" (verse 52). The Treasure (verse 44) depicts the preciousness of God's elect in preparation for the Kingdom and that they are of such value that they must be hidden. A parable is not a fable, like those made famous by Aesop (e.g. Let’s now take a look at the second parable. First, he seeks, then he finds, then he sells all his stuff and buys what he finds. A parable is just a story that teaches an important lesson in a creative way. In verse 1, however, Paul makes it clear that we must be doing something—seeking heavenly things—for this to happen. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? The Lord does not require this of all people, but in this man's case, his trust was in his possessions, and as we said earlier, to be consecrated or entirely His, we must empty our hands of other things that we might fill our hands with Christ. Some see no value at all. God used it to bring me to Israel where I met so many beautiful people and learned valuable lessons. ", Richard T. Ritenbaugh There was a time in my life when God put such a desire in me to find answers to the many questions I had about life. Nothing shall keep him from that pearl of high price. For some, like the rich young ruler in Matthew’s Gospel that wanted to know what he still lacked, Jesus replied to him, saying. Jesus said, "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). The Treasure(verse 44) depicts the preciousness of God's elect in preparation for the Kingdom and that they are of such value that they must be hidden. When his assembly line stopped, he called an engineer that he knew of to fix it so that production could start up again. Guess what is true with the one who finds that pearl? This is not unusual. (45) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, (46) who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Jesus said. They were inspired by His Father in heaven, "[for] all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you" (John 15:15), therefore "blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears, for they hear" (Matthew 13:16). Like the apostle Paul, the Lord would have us release our grip on the things of this world so that we may gain Christ. So it was God seeking us after all.”. Even though He had to endure crucifixion, He was elated to redeem or purchase His church—those who would become His bride (Revelation 19:7). They seem not to reveal as much about the church's eternal characteristics as about its day-to-day efforts resulting from Christ's work in coming into the world. The study is based on Jesus’ parable of the hidden treasure. In Matthew 13:34 is an explanation why the first four parables can be titled "Satan's Plan to Destroy the Church": All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.". They are not worth it. "This was an honest young man who very quickly realized that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier," said local gendarmerie chief Sylvain Merly. We are no longer owners but stewards of what God possesses. Today, we will consider three parables: the hidden treasure, the pearl of great value, and the net. All that is lovely and of a pure character is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. He certainly expected to buy a good many of them. For that reason, I’ll separate both in my commentary. Prior to their calling, the individual members of the church are lost, but then they are found (called by God) and hidden again in the world (Ephesians 2:1-7). Today, it is so easy to be lulled to sleep through a world of fantasy. As I mentioned at the beginning of this study, there are two ways of looking at this parable. I had researched the Spanish Armada ships sunk in the region, the gold bullion ship that went down somewhere along our coast, and the HMS Victory (the one before Nelson's Flagship) that went down with 100,000 Portuguese gold coins on board somewhere along our coast where I fished. Some Bible scholars have held this view, and that interpretation is a distinct possibility. Everyone’s story is unique, but as for my quest for spirituality, I did not stumble upon the truth of God. Some worry about what others will think, what people at work will say about them, or how it may change their family relationships. 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