THE PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
Matthew 13:44-46 44The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
1. THESE PARABLES ARE ABOUT THE RICHES OF GOD’S KINGDOM.
Components of the Kingdom were established by God in the Garden.
The riches of God’s Kingdom are all attributes of God. They are internal, relational, heart-level treasures.
2. THESE PARABLES ARE ABOUT THE IMMENSE VALUE OF SALVATION AND OUR LIVES IN CHRIST.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 1:18–19 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
SO, WHAT IS OF HIGH VALUE TO YOU?
IN OUR TWO PARABLES:
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:33 but seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.
WHETHER WE HAVE LITTLE OR MUCH, THE TREASURES OF THIS WORLD PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE GREATNESS OF THE GIFT OF SALVATION!
3. THESE PARABLES ARE ABOUT THE COST OF FOLLOWING CHRIST.
What will you exchange for something of far greater value?
Two biblical examples emphasize things of importance that can get in the way—our kids and wealth:
PAUL UNDERSTOOD COUNTING THE COST.
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUP OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Passages to consider: Matthew 13:44-46; Romans 5:8; Galatians 2:20