14. Parable of the Hidden Treasure

(Matthew 13:44)

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.

The other two short parables are:

Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

Parable of the Fishing Net

The Parable

Jesus says, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid;

then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13:44)

Meaning of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure

As the story indicates, Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven is extremely valuable.

Whenever someone discovers the kingdom of God, and realizes the treasure they've found, they sell all that they have to obtain it.

In order to compare this to life, it's probably more accurate to say 'they give up anything necessary' to be apart of this treasure (kingdom) they've discovered.

Relating the Parable to Us

For us, this implies that if we aren't willing to give up anything to be apart of this great treasure, then it's probably because we don't understand what we've stumbled upon.

It's as if we are walking in a field and trip over a decaying, dirty, wooden box.

There are some who may just get frustrated and continue walking.

However, there are others who inspect what they've come across (and discover a great treasure inside).

Those who discover the value of this treasure will go off and sell all they have to buy that field (and thus own the treasure in the field).

(Note: The field in this situation is not the world. The only point Jesus is making is that 'just like a person who find a treasure in a field will sell everything to obtain it' so is the kingdom of God as valuable.)

However, those who aren't willing 'to give up anything to be apart of this treasure' probably are just unaware (and don't fully understand) just what it is they've come across.

The more we 'inspect' this great treasure, the more we'll discover it's worth.

If we can just understand what it is we've actually found, we will give up anything required, or necessary, for it.

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