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Please explain this parable to me...

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Jake, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Hey guys,

    Was just reading the parables that Jesus teaches and had a hard time trying to figure out the meaning of this parable..

    Matthew 13:44-45
    The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

    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.
    45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

    Any help would be great :)

    Thanks
     
  2. It was only last year that I had a moment of inspiration and finally understood the meaning of these.
    The "Kingdom of Heaven" is of such infinite value that a sane person would give away all that they had to have it.
    Let's put this in pespective, you will live in this world somewhere around 70 years, you will live in the next world for
    ETERNITY (that's endless billions upon trillions of years for those keeping count). Would it not be worth EVERYTHING
    you have and are to be able to spend that ETERNITY in Paradise? Would 70 years of suffering, disease, and poverty be
    too much to ask for endless trillions of years of joy? Our Lord does not even ask that kind of dedication of most of us.
     
  3. A good example of this is his disciples who were fisherman. When they found the kingdom of God, they left boats, nets, everything to follow Jesus, for that was the greater treasure.
     
  4. Thanks for the explanation guys I understand the part where you leave your earthly belongings and desires in order to follow Jesus (to take up the cross and follow him) but what does the 2nd half of verse 44 mean. So when the man found heaven (i.e the treasure), he hid it and his joy went - im with it so far...

    Now,

    He sells all he has and buys the field...

    So, he gives up all his earthly possessions in order to buy heaven (that treasure) OR

    he gives up all his earthly possessions so that he can follow God....Im confused..I might be taking it literally... :/
     
  5. Tthe kingdom is available to us only by grace through faith; but genuine faith means genuinely embracing and yielding to God's reign, not simply acknowledging it and then passing it by as if it did not exist. The kingdom is a treasure, and those who really believe it will sacrifice everything else in their lives for its agendas Professed Christians who desire worldly wealth and status but are far less consumed with the furtherance of God's kingdom must reconsider the true state of their souls. When we preach that people who simply pray a prayer will automatically be saved from hell regardless of whether they truly commit their lives to Christ in trust that he is saving them from sin (from selfishness, from going their way instead of his), we preach a message other than the one our Lord has taught us
     
  6. That it is a "parable" presupposes a non-literal meaning. The parable is used as an illustration, using things we can identify with to explain a divine reality. Note the two sets of key words/phrases.

    In verse 44:
    1. Kingdom (divine/heavenly works of God revealed on earth by the Spirit)
    2. Treasure (what is a treasure?)
    3. Man (spiritual who seeks, finds treasure and hides treasure until he exchanges "all things" for the field that has the treasure. Note that it is the man who hides the found treasure after find the treasure.)
    4. Field (note that a field is not the same as a high mountain. Spiritually, what does the field symbolize?)
    5. Found (as a result of seeking)
    6. Hid (why must the man hide again what he sought and found?)
    7. Joy (a particular fruit of the Spirit)
    8. Sold/Bought (method of exchange)

    In verse 45 and 46:
    1. AGAIN (once more)
    2. Kingdom (divine/heavenly works of God revealed on earth by the Holy Ghost)
    3. Merchant (the holy spiritual who seeks, finds fine pearls exchanges "everything" for the fine pearl of great value. Fine pearls are not hidden, but the merchant must look to fine one of great value. When he finds one, he exchanges everything for the fine pearl.)
    4. Fine Pearls (From what are pearls derived?)
    5. Found (as a result of seeking)
    6. Sold/Bought (method of exchange)

    To a "man", there is what the kingdom is likened. Once more (again), to a "merchant", there is what the kingdom is likened. Let us obtain and work out the kingdom as "merchants".
     
  7. Thanks guys, will read it through again properly to make sure i understand..
     
  8. In the bible the riches you attain are wisdom and understanding or simple knowledge from the word. Wisdom is valued as silver and understanding as gold but the riches of the spirit are above all these things and valued as the purest of them all, tryed seven time. People see as threw a vale and the teachings of heaven are hidden and the teachings with this world's understandind is like a field where the true teachings are hidden. The very beginning of the pearls of wisdom and the hidden treasure is when we are tought the word is a sword and then if you read God said put them to the sword your heavenly treasure is you know God means teach them the bible. After that more and more pearls of wisdom come to you like the day is 2000 years and this is the third day or the third melinium and the day of rest. Then suddenly it all starts comming to you and you find the word as before was in darkness and the Spirit is all wisdom and this is the great pearl. This is what Jesus meant when he said store up your treasure in heaven. The bible is like parables with earthy teachings and heavenly meanings.
     
  9. Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

    The kingdom of God is the treasure, is the pearl, to be found in the field/world. It is hidden (in plain site) for all to discover and our quest to discover this pearl is the reason for our physical existence. The warning in the passages you quoted (and I suggest the proper understanding is found when reading [Mt.13:38-52])tell us that in the same field/world there are wicked people that try to keep the pearl from us.​

    We find the pearl....which is the kingdom of God within us, is God dwelling in and walking in us and NOTHING else is of importance. All our worldly things, carnal pleasures...our old man, are given up. We "sell whatsover thou hast," to have the treasure....we follow Him:​

    Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.

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