A Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.

The ParablesThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

 (MatthewThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » 13:44-46)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

July 27, 2014 (7th Sunday after PentecostHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... »)

 

Introduction

These three verses have two importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » parables. They have common features, they are both a brief vignette (decorative design) of a crucial situation which is given, and they have no ample details to evaluate them as realistic stories.

The primary common feature in the parables is surely central to the meaning of each: The protagonist goes and sells everything for the sake of the one thing. This is the action of both the plowman and the merchant. This movement of the stories as a whole is to be compared with the KingdomWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of GodMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ». (NIB vol. 8, p. 313).

I.  Unintentional Discovery: The ParableWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » of the Hidden TreasureTreasure.3718x2480_opt

Mathew 13:44  says, “The kingdom of heaven“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » is like unto a treasure hidden in the fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »; which a man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » found, and hid; and in his joy he went and sold all that he had, and bought that field.”

In ancient times, and in an unsettled country like Palestine, where there were no banks, in the modern sense, it was a common practice to hide treasures in the ground. So when the war broke, people left the placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » and forgot the treasure. So in our parable, the laborer unexpectedly found it. Due to prevailing law613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » the treasures were not his, so what he did he sold all his possessions and bought the landCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». The shrewdness should not be seen in this parable, but his sacrifice“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » of giving up all his possessions just to buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » the land.

 II.  Intentional Discovery: The Parable of the Pearl

Mathew 13:45-46  says, “Again, the kingdom of heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls, and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

In this parable we see a merchant who was not satisfied in his possessions so he intentionally looked for the best, “for the one pearl of great price.” When he found it like the farmerThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... », he also sold all what he had, and bought the great pearl.

The merchant’s unsatisfactory lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » should not be seen here, but his willingness to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » up all his possessions just to get the great pearl.pearl-of-great-price-vibrance1

  III.  Important DecisionHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... »: Giving up All Possessions

“…he went and sold all that he hath, and bought that field” (v.44b).

“…he went and sold all that he had, and bought it (one pearl)” (v.46b).

The hidden treasure and the expensive pearl symbolize the kingdom of GodWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » which everyone must be possessed or should I say let it possess us.

To be residents in the kingdom of God, or rule of God, we need to give up the ones we treasure in life.

In MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » 10: 20-23, one timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » when JesusThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » was preaching in the crowd, one rich man approached him and asked this questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... », GoodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » Teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », what must I do to inherit eternal lifeThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »?” At first, Jesus mentioned to follow the laws613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », but the man answered, “Teacher, I have obeyed all of these since I was a young man.”

Jesus looked at him and loved him. Then he told him, “You’re missingJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » one thing. Go and sell everything you own, give the moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » back and follow me.”

Shocked at this statement, the man went away sad, because he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and told his disciplesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... », “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”

The storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » does not say that being rich is actually bad. It teaches us to give up all our possessions if necessary for the Kingdom of God.

 ConclusionOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is said that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once had capturedThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » a prince and his familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, “What will you give me if I release you?” “The half of my wealth,” was his reply.

“And if I release your childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »?”

“Everything I possess.”

“And if I release your wife?”

“Your Majesty, I will give myself.”

Cyrus was so moved by his devotion that he freed them all.

As they returned home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », the prince said to his wife, “Wasn’t Cyrus a handsome man!”

With a look of deep loveThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » for her husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », she said to him, “I didn’t notice. I could only keep my eyes on you- -the one who was willing to give himself for me” (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Brethren, are we ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and willing to give up our lives, our time, our possessions, our talentsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » for the sake of the Kingdom of God?

 

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