Matthew Chapter 13- Part 5
Parable of the treasure hidden in a field and a pearl of great price - (Matthew 13:44-46)
Jesus, now speaking only to his disciples said, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Both the parables have similar interpretation. The quest for God, truth and salvation ends with the discovery of the true Savior Jesus and salvation through him. That's the treasure that is hidden; though accessible to all and defined by the promise of God Almighty, "You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart." But why should the man who found the treasure in the first parable hide it? Perhaps it was to check what the law says concerning him claiming the treasure after he had bought it from the original owner. The oral tradition of the Jewish law (Mishnah)stated that the new owner would be the rightful heir to the treasure if the old owner contested it. His joy was because he had found something that had tremendous value; though not having value as much as the person who understands the mystery of the kingdom of heaven and salvation by grace and through faith in the completed work of Christ on the cross. In both the parables, the men went and sold everything they had and bought that which mattered to them. Selling is giving away and for a person who finds Christ, as Paul the Apostle says, the right attitude must be.....But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:7, 8)