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The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl April 22, 2018

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Matthew 13:44-46.

Summary: In this passage, Jesus tells two parables. He states that His kingdom can be represented by:

  • buried treasure; a man who works in a field comes across that treasure, liquidates his possessions and purchases that field
  • a fine pearl; a wholesale merchant comes across that pearl, liquidates his possessions and purchases it.

These parables highlight the priceless value of His kingdom.

Thoughts: This is a challenging passage, as it compels us to consider the value of the kingdom of God in our lives. While believers generally agree that Jesus does not command us to promptly liquidate our possessions for the sake of His kingdom, we know that He does command us to value His kingdom above all earthly things. In particular, He does command us to place our possessions at His disposal so that He can use them as He sees fit. Now we often respond to this command with alacrity regarding some of our possessions (e.g. tithing, volunteering, donating in the wake of a natural disaster), but we may struggle to place other possessions at His disposal (e.g. car, laptop, office chair). How can we place all of our possessions at His disposal? We need wisdom and strength from Him, as our inclination to short-term thinking causes us to cherish them.

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