Matthew Lesson 14 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 14 Day 3

Study of Matthew 13:44–46

Parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl

6a) Comparison

“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.” Matthew 13:44 MSG

  • kingdom of God — gospel
  • man, a trespasser — perhaps anyone who wants to be a part of the kingdom, presumably anyone who wants to become a citizen of the kingdom
  • discovery of a treasure, seemingly by accident — The man didn’t go there to look for something. Maybe he just taking a shortcut.
  • ecstasy ensues — best day ever — He is overwhelmed with recognition of the value of his find.
  • hides the treasure on the same property — interesting that he doesn’t pocket the treasure and sneak off with it.
  • goes and sells everything of value he owns — He now considers everything previously of value and importance to be unnecessary and less important. This reminds me of Philippians 4:19 AMP “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
  • buys the field — By Jewish law, he who owns the field owns anything found therein. Today we would call that mineral rights.

7) Interpretations

Psalm 73:25-26 and Colossians 2:2-3 bring to mind the ecstasy of falling head-over-heals in love. This parable also reminds me of Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

In this interpretation, God is the man who found the treasure, beginning with Abraham. Because of the faith He found resident in Abraham’s heart, God chose him to be the father of a great nation who would be His treasured possession.

I think both interpretations—God as the man finding the treasure and any man created by God finding the treasure—can co-exist. The treasure is the redeeming relationship. In the second interpretation, the kingdom of God is now open to all nations.

 God loved us so much, He sent His only Son.

In Philippians 3:8, it seems the valuable pearl is knowing Jesus Christ. By comparison, everything else is worthless.

In Romans 8:32, it seems we are the pearl of great price.

1 Corinthians 2:7
. . . a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

Proverbs 13:7 (AMP) One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches.

The merchant in scenario number one is the person who finds Jesus and experiences the new birth.

In scenario number two, the merchant is God.

Selling everything to buy the pearl in scenario number one represents our former life and sin.

In scenario number two, God gave up—sacrificed—His only Son to secure our cleansing from sin and death.

8) Personal impact

I’ve never considered scenario number two. I’m overwhelmed by the thought of being the flawless pearl, all because of the cleansing blood of Jesus. My mom used to sing “Oh the wonder of it all just to think that God loves me.”

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