Posted by: missionventureministries | July 23, 2016

SEEKING THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE – Matthew 13:44-46

Matthew 13 VS 44-46

44Again, 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.

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. (Matthew 13:44-46)

What is the meaning of the Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price? 

Jesus had just finished explaining to the disciples the meaning of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares and these two short parables are a continuance of His discussion of the “kingdom of heaven.” He expressed truths about the kingdom in three pairs of parables in Matthew 13:3-23. The seed and the sower; the weeds in the field (vv. 24-30); the mustard seed (vv. 31-32); the leaven or yeast (v. 33); the hidden treasure (v. 44) and the pearl of great price (vv. 45-46).  

The resemblances of these last two short parables make it clear they teach the same lesson; that the kingdom of heaven is of immeasurable value. Both parables involve a man who sold all he had, to possess the kingdom. The treasure and the pearl represent Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers. And although we cannot pay for salvation by selling all our worldly goods, once we have found it, we are willing to give up everything to possess it. – “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9)  

The kingdom of heaven is more valuable than anything else we can have, and a person must be willing to give up everything to obtain it.  

The man who discovered the treasure hidden in the field was greatly blessed by God, it was not an accident; it was an expression of God’s love and he recognized its value when he found it. Although the transaction cost the man everything, he paid nothing for the priceless treasure itself. The treasure came free with the field.  

Nothing is more precious than the kingdom of heaven; nevertheless God gives it to us as a gift. 

In both parables, the treasures are hidden, indicating that spiritual truth is overlook by many and cannot be found by intelligence or power or worldly wisdom.

Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; 15 For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes, Otherwise they would see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:11-17)

And 1 Corinthians 2:14 make it clear that the mysteries of the kingdom are hidden from some who are unable to hear, see, and comprehend these truths. “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”

The disobedient reap the natural consequences of their rebellious unbelief, which is spiritual blindness. Those whose eyes are opened by the Spirit yearn to discern spiritual truth, like the men in the parable; they understand its great value.

In the following parable, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. In contrast to the previous parable, Jesus is now displaying another aspect of the kingdom.

Notice that the merchant stopped seeking pearls when he found the pearl of great price. Eternal life, the eternal inheritance, and the love of God through Christ constitute the pearl which, once found, makes further searching unnecessary. Christ fulfills our greatest needs, satisfies our longings, makes us whole before God, gives us peace and quiets our hearts, and gives us hope for the future. The “great price,” is that which was paid by Christ for our redemption. He emptied Himself of His glory, left His throne in heaven and came to earth in the form of a humble man and shed His precious blood on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. 

Are you seeking the hidden treasure of the kingdom of heaven and finding it? Our prayer is that you will find Jesus, so that you too might share in this joy, and that your life is forever transformed by the great power of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

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