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Friday, February 25, 2011

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Matthew 13:44

The 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.
In the previous parables, Jesus used “earthly” things to explain “hidden” truths about God’s Kingdom. In these two parables, He is going “inward” also.
In the parable of the treasure, a man found a treasure in a field and hid it again. Why? He didn’t own the field yet. He had to purchase the field in order to gain the treasure. The field belonged to someone else at this point. This Man knew that the present owner didn’t know the treasure was there. The one who didn’t know the treasure was there is the devil. Jesus had to purchase the field of earth and its inhabitants by His shed sinless blood before He could find His treasure in earthen vessels (believers). A treasure is something you cherish. There were treasuries in the Temple where the gold, silver and furnishings of the Temple were put in the storehouse. (see 1 Kings 7:51) The storehouse in the NT is the Church.
The parable of the treasure speaks in many ways.
Man - is Jesus. This Man is laboring, finding and purchasing. Jesus seeks and saves those who are lost. He is laboring through His Church to bring others to Himself. The Man comes across a treasure in a field accidentally as he is digging in this parable. It is by digging into the Word of God that we find these hidden treasures of truth that will bring us to a closer walk with Jesus.
In the parable of the Pearl, the Merchant is seeking, finding and purchasing. Jesus is the Merchant as well. The treasure is found in the earth but the pearl is found in the water--sea.
Treasure found on earth speaks of:
1) Jesus -- This Treasure is Supremely in Christ. Colossians 2:3: …so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The reality of Jesus was hidden in the Older Testament and revealed in the New. He is God’s hidden treasure who will redeem the world. (see Ephesians 1:9) Jesus “came to His own but His own received Him not.” John 1:11-12 Jesus came through a Jewish woman to redeem Israel first, but the majority of the Jews rejected Him. Those who love and follow Jesus are His hidden treasure on earth.
Israel was also to be God’s treasured possession. Israel was hidden in the mind and heart of God long before she became a nation. God had chosen Israel as His treasured possession out of all the nations of the world. God told Moses to tell the Israelites in Exodus 19:5 if they “obeyed Him fully and keep His covenants, then out of all nations they would be His treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Israel was “lost” but “found” by God also. Jesus came to redeem Israel as well as the Gentiles. Those who love and serve Jesus are His treasured possession. A treasure is something that is cherished. God cherishes those who love and obey His Son whether Jew or Gentile.
God speaks about Jerusalem’s condition in Ezekiel 16. Jerusalem was called Jebus and was a Canaanite City controlled by Satan, sin and abominations. Jebus was despised. It had no life, no cleansing, no preservation (salt) or clothing. But God saw Jerusalem kicking in her own blood and He said to her, “Live!” “I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.” Vv6-7 God picked Jerusalem up and spoke life into her. Then He nurtured and matured her until she was ready for love and a commitment with God. Her hair grew. Hair represents God’s glory covering. Jerusalem as she grew was covered with God’s glory. “Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness (sin). I gave you my solemn oath and entered into covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine.” V8 In other words, God wedded Jerusalem and covered her with His garment of righteousness. He made a covenant oath of marriage to Jerusalem. She belongs to God. Jerusalem is where the Temple of the Lord was built and where the King resided. She also symbolizes a follower of Christ whose heart is the Temple of the Lord and whom God is maturing.
“I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth.” Vv9-13 God washed Jerusalem removing the blood from her naked body. In other words, He cleansed her of her sin and her fleshly ways. Then God put perfume on her so she was a sweet aroma to Him, and dressed her in fine white linen (purity and an embroidered dress. She is a woven work lovingly made by God Himself. God wove a garment fit for a Queen for her. Then He adorned her in gold and silver. Gold symbolizes the Divine and silver is the metal of atonement. God atoned for Jerusalem’s sin and made her Divine. “Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.” God exalted her to be a Queen. Her food was the pure, refined Word of God symbolized by fine flour that is white and has been sieved to remove any impurity and make it refined. Honey is the only incorruptible substance made by God. It too represents the incorruptible Word/Jesus. And olive oil symbolizes the anointing of the Holy Spirit. [Article continues. Click here to read full article in PDF format...→]

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