A Treasure and a Pearl - Matthew 13:44-46

March 3, 2015

In these two short parables, Jesus provides us with information about the "kingdom of heaven."  In the first parable He says, "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field." This man, seemingly by accident discovers this treasure in a field.  In the second parable, Jesus states, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls."

 

These two parables have certain common features. First, there is the idea of finding something of tremendous value - a treasure and a fine pearl.  Second, we note that both of the men sell everything to acquire this valuable item. But there is also a dissimilar feature in the two parables. What is it? It is this, it appears that the first man, more or less, stumbled upon the treasure; while the second man, a merchant, made a business of searching for fine pearls.

 

And what is the application or insight for us in relation to the kingdom? It is that some people seem to meet the Lord by accident, if you will.  They aren't looking for him, but when they hear the good news about what Jesus did for them on the cross and how through him they can have eternal life and a place in his kingdom, they repent and turn to him in faith and joy. They realize that everything this world has to offer, pales in comparison to the value of knowing Christ. Others are searching and when they find Christ they, too, repent and give all for Christ, for He is worth everything. What type of person are you? Matthew 16:26 says, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?" Trust Christ today.

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