Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
It is worth selling everything you have in order to obtain it and not allowing anything to distract you from possessing it. This treasure seeker in his excitement to gain possession of the treasure buys the whole field.
Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
Notice the difference in the story. In the first one, the treasure is likened to the kingdom. This time the kingdom is likened to the pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. Taking a less common interpretation but one that to me seems to fit the passage more closely and be more in line with scriptural messages – note Jesus did not interpret either passage!
One interpretation of this parable reveals Christ as the merchantman. He left His heavenly home and came to this earth to find a pearl of great price. He found lost sinners and died for them by shedding His precious blood. He sold all that He had to buy us and redeem us to God.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
He redeems us to God—He bought us. And we have to assume that when they find it, like the treasure seeker and this pearl merchant, they will spend any price to secure this treasure
So as the church we need to portray the kingdom for what it is – a treasure or a pearl of great price
As when Simon spoke of Grace we have a message not of fear, or condemnation, or guilt but of grace and the power to heal and bring peace. It is a message of joy. And it is precisely because of “joy” at the prospect of possessing this great treasure that this man sells all that he has in order to possess it
However, you interpret these parables, entry into the kingdom of God through grace is not something we can buy – it was a gift at great cost to Jesus. As we discover this treasure we need to be willing to give it the value, the centrality, the totality it deserves!
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