The Parables of Jesus # 8
Hidden treasure and pearl
Matthew 13:44-46

Matthew 13:44-46
  44. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth,
        and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
  45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
  46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

  [A] Tonight we are actually going to be looking at two parables.
          [1] The parable of the hidden treasure – a Sinner who stumbles across the truth
          [2] The parable of the pearl – a believer who is searching for more truth

  [B] The Kingdom of Heaven
          [1] We looked at the kingdom of heaven last time and discussed it in detail, so I won’t say much about it
                  tonight.
          [2] What I will say is this
                  [a] Jesus started a number of his parables by saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto
                  [b] Tonight’s parable is no different. Again he says the Kingdom of heaven is like unto:

  [C] The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a treasure in a field:
          [1] The treasure in this parable is a treasure that is far beyond anything else
                  [a] It is referring to a man finding something like a diamond mine or a gold mine, something that the
                          owner of the field did not know existed        
                  [b] It is something that the field hand did not deserve
                  [c] It is something that belonged to someone else
                          [1] When you consider what Jesus is saying here, you could say what the field hand did was not
                                  honest.
                          [2] The treasure the field hand found belonged to the man who owned the field and it should have
                                  been reported to him        
                  [d] It is believed that Jesus used this particular parable to show the people that this was the way they
                          would have acted had they found the treasure, yet I wonder.        
          [2] What is the treasure in the field that Jesus is referring to here?
                  [a] The treasure is Jesus
                  [b] The treasure is the key to heaven
                  [c] The treasure is eternal life
                  [d] The treasure is salvation
          [3] Who is the land owner?
                  [a] The landowner is God the father
                  [b] The landowner is God the son
          [4] Everything in the field the belongs to the father, also belongs to the son – it is his inheritance.
                  [a] Salvation and eternal life does not belong to us
                  [b] Salvation and eternal life belongs to the son
                  [c] The kingdom of Heaven belongs to Christ
                  [d] All the mansions in heaven belongs to Christ
                  [e] Happiness, joy and eternal bliss belongs to him
                  [f] All that’s awaiting the believer in heaven belongs to Christ

  [D] When a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
          [1] Here is where we find what seems to be dishonest
                  [a] What belonged to the land owner, belonged to the land owner.
                  [b] The treasure which was found in the field, was his
                  [c] The worker should have reported the find to the owner
          [2] Instead of reporting the find, the worker hid it, and sold everything he had to raise the money he needed
                  to buy the field.
                  [a] There are two things prevalent here.
                          [1-a] First what the man did, was dishonest
                                  [a-1] He was acting in the manor that the world operates
                          [2-a] Secondly and more importantly, was what the man found
                                  [a-1] The man found Jesus, eternal live and salvation which is what Jesus was referring to
                                  [b-1] The point here is not how he got it, but that he realized the worth of the treasure and
                                          placed it first in his life.
                                  [c-1] The land owner had the treasure there all the time, but refused to look for it, apparently
                                          feeling no need to better himself and no desire to search for something better.
                                  [d-1] The worker, apparently stumbled across the treasure accidentally, but realized what he
                                          had found.
                                  [e-1] He knowing it was a treasure worth sacrifice, sold everything he had in order to but the
                                          field in order to have the treasure.

  [E] The field here can also be referring to the world of God – the bible – the truth of the Scripture.
          [1] The land owner could be considered a man or woman who owns a bible, but never reads or studies it.
                  [a] It could also be referring to a person who goes through the motions of being a Christian, but has
                          never had a life changing, born again experience.
                  [b] Someone who is Christian in name only,
          [2] The worker could be considered a man or a woman who picks up the word of God and opens it for the
                  first time, and realizes that Jesus died for their sins, and through him they could have eternal life.
          [3] Hiding it could be considered- hiding yourself in the word, burying yourself in study in order to learn all
                  you can about Christ, and his salvation
          [4] Selling everything you have in order to buy the field could be considered – giving yourself completely to
                  Jesus, placing him first in you life first before any earthly possessions or any earthly thing.   

  [F] Questions
          [1] What is more important than Jesus?
          [2] What is more important than your eternal life?
          [3] What is more important than you being allowed into heaven where you will spend your eternity?
          [4] Do you consider heaven a treasure?

Matthew 13:45-46
  45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
  46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

  [A] This parable is about a merchant man, one who is constantly seeking to better himself.
          [1] I believe this is referring to people like you and I, who study our bible to show ourselves approved unto
                  God, a workman who needs not be ashamed
            
       2 Timothy 2:15
                  15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
                        dividing the word of truth.        
          [2] Questions        
                  [a] What does 2 Timothy 1:15 imply?
                  [b] Why is it important to study the bible?
                  [c] Why is it so hard for some to study the bible?
                  [d] Why do you take the time to study and to come to bible studies?

  [B] In our parable, a merchant man was seeking goodly pearls.
          [1] What is this implying, seeking pearls?
                  [a] What is the pearls Jesus is referring to here?
                          [1-a] The pearls of the gospel
                          [2-a] The truth of the gospel
                          [3-a] Better knowledge about how one must live
                          [4-a] A closer relationship with Jesus
          [2] Where do we seek these pearls?
                  [a] From the word of God
                  [b] Through bible study
                  [c] From the Holy Spirit

  [C] When he found a pearl of great price
          [1] What did he find?
          [2] What pearl are we searching for?
          [3] what is the reason for searching for the pearl?

  [D] He sold everything he had and purchased the pearl
          [1] Questions
                  [a] How does this statement apply to us?
                          [1-a] Nothing should be greater to us than Jesus
                          [2-a] Nothing or no one should be placed before Jesus
                          [3-a] Everything we own, should be considered his instead of ours
                  [b] Why is “purchasing the pearl” important?
                          [1-a] There is but one way into heaven and that way is through Jesus Christ.

  [E]
Matthew 10:37
          37. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter      
                more than me is not worthy of me.

          [1] What does this verse imply?
          [2] How does it compare to the parable we have been looking at.

  [F]
Matthew 22:37-39
          37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and  with all thy soul, and with
                all thy mind.
          38. This is the first and great commandment.
          39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.                

          [1] How does this compare to the parable of the pearl?
                  [a] Unless one is willing to give up everything, he is not worthy of God
                  [b] Any earthly  possession that takes the place of our love for God places us in the wrong
          [2] What does it mean to love the lord with all thy heart, soul and strength?

  [G] Lets bring it home to our own self
          [1] What is the most important thing in your life?
          [2] What is more important, your relationship with Jesus, or the things you own?
          [3] What is more important, your relationship with Jesus, or your family?
          [4] What is more important, your relationship with Jesus, or your own life?
          [5] Who is more important, you or your neighbor?

  [H] Should one ever stop looking for Goodly Pearls?