Parable of Jesus: Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Bible Text: Matthew 13:44
Memory Verse: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:23
Introduction: The Kingdom of God has been likened to an invaluable treasure hid in a field. Just like gold, although much more valuable than gold even the gold of Ophir. Gold represents a treasure of high quality and precious value. It is regarded as a symbol of perfectness, but the Kingdom of God is much more precious in quality and in value than Gold. In fact, God wants to make man much more precious than fine gold. Isaiah 13:12. So, it is demeaning for man to begin to pursue and chase after this earthly treasure as he is higher and more precious than gold and all earthly treasure. What man is expected to pursue and to chase after all His life is the Kingdom of God which is ETERNAL. Therefore, the beauty of any man must not be dependent on these treasures but in the hidden man of the heart. 1 Peter 3:3-4.
1. Treasure Hid in a Field: A treasure is anything that is greatly valued. It could be a jewel or a precious stone. A treasure, precious and greatly value cannot be seen on the surface of the ground or in shallow places. To get treasures, you need to dig very deep into the ground for it to be found. Like the paradox of value which says “air is essential to man, yet it free. Gold is not essential to man, yet is costly.” The Kingdom of God is not a surface thing. It is a treasure that is hid in a field. Field relates to a large spans of ground. It must be carefully sought for. It would require digging very deep to get.
2. …the which when a man hath found, he hideth. The man did not just sit back and enjoy all he ever had. He went out looking for this treasure and he ended up finding it. The treasure is hid so it cannot be found every-where. Just like gold, you need to mine for it. You can dig into a very large portion of land looking for gold. The activity put into looking for gold or diamond which are still earthly treasures are very costly and expensive. It can take months of digging or even years of making researches to look for this treasures. And when it found, all other things are forsaken to look for and dig out this treasures. Also, God expects that we should engage in continued activities of searching out the kingdom, looking earnestly for the promise of the Kingdom, forsaking all to gain one and when it is found, we must keep it or preserve it. James 2:5, 2 Peter 3:13
3. …for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath: The First thing the man did was to preserve the field in which the treasure was found. Many of us don’t engage in activities to preserve our life in Christ. It is important that we refrain ourselves from things that can corrupt us and make us lose the essence of the Kingdom. 1 Cor. 9:27. The next notable thing the man did was to go sell all that he had so he can obtain this priceless and invaluable treasure. All he ever worked for, all he ever had, all he ever would desire was nothing compared to this treasure he has found out. So, he needed to forsake all so as to acquire it. Also, God expects us to forsake all just to acquire the kingdom. Nothing is worth losing the kingdom for. The kingdom of God is much more highly valuable than anything the world offers. Matthew 16:26, Matt. 19:27-30. It is important we know that God would not let us waste our life searching diligently for Him and the Kingdom without rewarding us accordingly. Matt. 6:31-34, Heb.11:6.
4. …buyeth that field: It is worthy to note that the man did not just sell all he had for fun to enjoy himself and die but he sold all he ever had to buy the field which contained the treasure. He was willing to lose all for what he believes to be of greater advantage to him. Phil. 3:10-14. Two things can be deduced from the action of that man. Firstly, he was willing to take the risk of losing all. What if he was wrong and that the treasure was not as real as he supposed? He would have lost everything for fun. The truth is God wants us to take the risk of losing all, He will always come to reward us. Secondly, he was deliberate at what he wanted to do with all the proceeds. He was not distracted at his desire. He sold all to acquire the field. He didn’t allow his personal needs to come in between his desire. God expects us to be very focused on the Kingdom, not allowing for distractions. Unlike Ananias and Sapphira who sold their land but held some back. They are examples of how it may turn out if we live like that. Matt.10:39, Luke 9:24, 62.
In conclusion, The Kingdom of God is not just a surface Christianity as performed by many where we just come to church to ask for things and to pray for money, it is way deeper than that. God expects us to ask, seek and knock so that we can receive, find and enter into the kingdom. The Kingdom of God is not just in mere words but in demonstration of power. 1 Cor. 4:20. Also, we must note that the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and JOY in the Holy Ghost. Rom.14:17. We must note, that God does not expect us to look back (distracted on the way) as we may just like Lot’s wife turn to a pillar of salt.