Examples to consider include toys, electronics, expensive perfume, jewels, a house or car, valuable but old-looking antiques, snacks. I must make it clear that a relationship with God is not something that can be "bought." 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. 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. A particular Bible translation may divide the chapter into only seven parables, but there are eight parables in Matthew 13. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (Isaiah 55:1). Some worry about what others will think, what people at work will say about them, or how it may change their family relationships. However, we do need to be keenly aware of the effect that the media has to sedate our senses. It is a truth that when one is diligent to seek after good things, God will meet him on the way. When someone finds Christ, he enters God's kingdom. Matthew 13:11-17 and 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, 14 make it clear that the mysteries of the kingdom are hidden from some who are unable to hear, see, and comprehend these truths. This merchant had to find pearls, the energy of his life focused into that one goal. I long to see a revival among people today, especially among the young. What happens when we make a purchase? . 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. He sat down and thought through what he would have to give up. How much did you find? 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. An overview of Matthew 13 is essential, because we need to understand the whole context to see what Jesus was trying to get across to us. In Genesis 41:1-7 are Pharaoh's dreams about the upcoming famine. We are part of the body of Christ. Jesus reveals here how He views the world in relation to the church. Jesus gave the first four to the mixed multitude, while He told the last four to the twelve disciples in private. 10Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. The Merchant Finds a Pearl of Great Worth. He would have no capital left to carry on buying pearls. When Ford complained as to why ten minutes work amounted to that high of a bill, the man amended the bill showing ten dollars for tinkering with the generators and $9,990 for the time it took to learn to know where to tinker. These eight parables can be divided into three sections. As he looked over what he had found, the man realized the value of his find and decided that he would hide it back in the earth again. Occasionally, one hears of people stumbling upon buried treasure, such as in the text we are studying. Only Christ's disciples can really understand the true spiritual principles involved in the parables, "because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" (verse 11). 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:44-46). Each person has his or her idea of that which represents value. “One is to see that it is about us seeking God. Warm-up Question: Knowing all that you know now, if there were no obstacles to stop you and unlimited resources available to you, what profession would you choose to enter and why? Matthew 13 contains Christ's explanation of His use of parables as a way of teaching. 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. We are hidden in the world with Christ (Colossians 3:3), and the world recognizes neither Him nor us (see John 1:10). We are no longer owners but stewards of what God possesses. 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. In today’s lesson, we’re learning about a famous parable that Jesus shared. Out the door went the satellite television, the Xbox, his smartphone. The recurring phrase "kingdom of heaven" denotes Christ's work through His church to make known "the word of the kingdom" (verse 19), that is, to announce the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. For that reason, I’ll separate both in my commentary. Everyone’s story is unique, but as for my quest for spirituality, I did not stumble upon the truth of God. In the matter of the elephant, I guess you could say I stumbled upon a treasure. When we use God's Spirit, joy is produced. There is a ring of truth to the Gospel when one hears of the grace and mercy of God as it is in Christ Jesus. 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. After the eighth parable, Matthew makes another concluding statement, ". Looking for something slightly different? The first man unexpectedly stumbled onto the treasure; whereas, the other was a person seeking and searching for pearls. Study 2 The Parable of the Ten Virgins Study 3 The Parable of the Ten Minas Study 4 The Parable of the Sower Study 5 The Parable of the Hidden Treasure Study 6 The Parable of the Fig Tree Study 7 The Parable of the Weeds Study 8 The Parable of the Two Debtors “One is to see that it is about us seeking God. We find God in thought, in prayer, in turning our hearts toward Him, submitting our will to Him, and giving attention to His Word. I was a seeker. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! “You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are no longer owners but stewards of what God possesses. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7 King James Version). Let’s think of what this process was like for the merchant. In verse 1, however, Paul makes it clear that we must be doing something—seeking heavenly things—for this to happen. Parables of a Hidden Treasure and a Valuable Pearl Story Overview:. 11Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually (1 Chronicles 16:10-11). Those who see little value view things from the perspective of this world alone. Fishermen are known for their colorful language, and mine was no exception. When I found the pearl of great price, I responded immediately. After the meeting, I overheard a young woman mention how she had just received her first dollar toward her ticket to Israel! 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. I was in Delhi, India, and I bought a souvenir from my trip to Asia. The study is based on Jesus’ parable of the hidden treasure. Say: This summer we have been studying the parables that Jesus taught. The divine transaction is to give your sins to Him, and He will clothe you with His righteousness. Let's take a look first at the treasure hidden in a field. Matthew 13:44 (NIV) I have always seen this verse interpreted, and thought of it myself, as us finding the treasure… Richard T. Ritenbaugh His car, his boat, and his house. Finding hidden treasure was rare. Jesus said. He does not depend on the sweat of his brow or trading time for money to obtain riches. 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 Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46) Lesson. “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). It is at this point that many people hesitate. The third section can be titled "The Ministry's Duty to the Church.". All people have the same needs and long for the same things. Sometimes, the people were killed, and other times they were deported to distant lands, e.g., such as the Assyrian and Babylonian dispersion, and they could not retrieve their valuables. I traveled across thirty different countries on a search for truth. Jesus gave His all, the ultimate sacrifice—His own blood—His life—for us (John 3:16-17; Acts 20:28). I quote from writer and Bible teacher, R.T. Kendall. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? It would be a total famine, and they had to prepare accordingly. A parable is not a fable, like those made famous by Aesop (e.g. Some worry about what others will think, what people at work will say about them, or how it may change their family relationships. That was the first step in Satan's plan—"Get them while they're young"—and he has been doing the same thing ever since. 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). “What is your treasure?” Children’s Sermon on the Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl. They are not worth it. Satan's plan to destroy God's plan of salvation, which He is fulfilling through the church. Jesus teaches us by the simplicity and shortness of His parables that directness and brevity are effective teaching tools. “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). 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. What the Bible says about The titles of these three sections give an idea of what Jesus emphasizes in Matthew 13. He, with His own life's blood, redeemed us with joy. Remember, the life we live on this earth is but a shadow of the real life beyond this plane of existence. For some, like the rich young ruler in Matthew’s Gospel that wanted to know what he still lacked, Jesus replied to him, saying. The things of God do not come to those who are half-hearted but to those who pursue after and seek the Lord. Everything else is subservient to that one point. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. ", Richard T. Ritenbaugh Practices of the tongue can require time to overcome and bring to the cross. People would hide their valuables in the ground, as it was the safest place to keep them. A particular Bible translation may divide the chapter into only seven parables, but there are eight parables … Parable of the Hidden Treasure: Matthew 13:44. Joy! The woman was able to sell the elephant for the money that was necessary for her ticket. Think of the number of different award ceremonies that are devoted to the entertainment industry. Repetition is the best form of emphasis. He depends on his understanding of whatever commodity he is trading, and in this case, it is his knowledge of pearls. All people have the same needs and long for the same things. Was the man being unethical by what he did–why or why not? Perhaps, because he was afraid that someone else would offer a better deal to the pearl salesman. My heart was touched, and I felt that I needed to give her that elephant toward the price of her airline ticket. 28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. 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. Like the apostle Paul, the Lord would have us release our grip on the things of this world so that we may gain Christ. 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. 44 “The kingdom of heaven () is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. All must go! To free our grip on the things of this world, we are to consecrate or sanctify ourselves to the Lord. 29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ 31“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. The parable of the hidden treasure is the first of a series of three short parables used by Jesus to describe the kingdom of heaven. Let’s keep reading in verse 44: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field”—so the focus is on the value of the kingdom. Amen! Such is the pleasure of acquiring that pearl. Matthew 13:44 Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 3): Hidden Treasure. If we are truly seeking those things which are above, and we are truly "in Christ," then our eternal life is secure. The parables can also be grouped into related pairs that illustrate the church's different characteristics: First Pair: The Sower (verse 3) represents the relationship of the church to the different groups of people with which it comes into contact while doing its work. With this parable, as with all the parables of Christ, the details are not to be stressed. There are old habits that need to be gone! 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. Usually the eighth is combined with the seventh parable. The man came, and after ten minutes of tinkering, he solved the problem and gave Henry Ford the bill for $10,000. What happens next? While the man is searching, he comes across one colossal pearl that is worth infinitely more than all the pearls he had ever bought before. Androcles and the Lion). I quote from writer and Bible teacher, R.T. Kendall. When a man finds all for which his soul has been longing, there are internal changes that take place. When we enter into covenant relationship with the God of the Universe, we disown ourselves from everything we have. 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. The other is to see that it is about God seeking us. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure – Matthew 13:44. The merchant, a picture of you and me, goes forth doing four things. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the three parables that follow it appear only in Matthew. He takes the money he made selling his possessions, and he buys the pearl. 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. “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). When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 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. Another Lost Sheep Bible Study wrestlingwordblog Bible studies , Jesus , Jesus as Good Shepherd , Parable of the Lost Sheep , Salvation , Sin May 7, 2020 May 7, 2020 4 Minutes Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Matthew 13:45-46). All they see is the field, but they do not look below the surface of things to see the treasure that is hidden. 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). When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Parables … People trade time and energy to get a wage at the end of the week. We are to see the great value in selling all and focusing our souls on the Lord Jesus that we may attain “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). 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. In both parables, a comparison is made to the kingdom of heaven. 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