Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 56
Matthew:13:44-46 The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:13:36-43 The Parable of the Weeds Explained
What is God doing?
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto"
It is not clear from the text whether this parable is sequentially a continuation of the private chat Jesus was having with the disciples or whether this is part of a collection of several parables collected by Matthew along the way ordered thematically. We do know that Jesus was preaching and teach most everyday, sometimes several times a day, and that at some stage He was teaching only in parables. There is the likelihood that given the amount of teaching HE was doing HE would use these same or similar parables over and over again; at least the ones meant for general consumption.
In this first half of todays' passage, the parable of the treasure, we have a man finding one thing in particular the brings him such a great joy. The one thing found is of such a worth to him as not just the treasure but to buy the entire field that the treasure is found in. Here we are back at the field again, the field still being the world. We also have the kingdom of heaven referenced that previously has been referenced as the children of God which by necessity suggests the child carrying the word and presence of Christ in them. The man, whom I believe to be still be the Son of Man Christ sowing the seed in other parables, sells all that He has to buy the field containing the treasure He has found.
The parable of the of the Goodly Pearls furthers this idea in that the treasure found not only is most valuable and prized, but it is also dict:strongs G2570 beautiful in a good/moral sense.
What is man doing?
It would be easy to think of this treasure as being us ourselves, that He treasures us so greatly. It would be easy to see only that and become conceded over the thought. We have a love and vanity for ourselves unmatched by any creature under heaven except maybe one. With all that the Lord has been reveling about the heart and desperate need of all man, what can we then insist upon being so valuable and morally lovable about us deserving His enormous sacrifice? The answer that I would suggest is that the treasure to which the parables are referring are not so much us, but the unconditional covenant and doings of God the Father in this field throughout all this time to which our Lord with great joy gives Himself, desirous of fully securing. We thankfully are joyful recipients of this wonderful obedience of Christs', but we are not the primary object to whom this is being done.
Don't get me wrong, it is not that He does not love us. The treasure however in this respect is more fully is what the Father is able to make of us having now in Christ regenerated us, cleansed us, forgiven us, redeemed us, restored us unto Himself, adopted us, delivered us, sanctified us. It is a corruption for us to think less of these goodly things between Father and Son, to brush that off to the side in order for us to insert our vain and self absorbed self image onto their pedestal. That however seems to be what we are most favorable to doing.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
Certainly, there is an aspect to this that we need to respond in reciprocal earnestness and self cost. We however cannot adequately do that without first having the proper image in place as whom is actually performing what and to whom is it being performed for with what intent. Always think in terms of Son to Father/Father to Son and therein God to usward and you will be closer to the hidden truths of the Kingdom.
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