Parables of Jesus: Treasures & Pearls

Parables of Jesus: Treasures & Pearls

Matthew 13:44-46

One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all of the
evil that was going on. He decided to send an angel down to
Earth to check it out. So he called one of His best angels and
sent the angel to Earth for a time.

When she returned she told God, yes it is bad on Earth, 95%
is bad and 5% is good.

Well, he thought for a moment and said, maybe I had better
send down a second angel to get another point of view.

So God called another angel and sent her to Earth for a time
too.

When the angel returned she went to God and told him yes,
the Earth was in decline, 95% was bad and 5% was good.

God said this was not good. So He decided to E-mail the 5%
that were good and He wanted to encourage them, give them
a little something to help them keep going.

Do you know what that E-mail said????

You didn’t get one either,…..huh?

Today we are going to look at two more kingdom of heaven
parables that Jesus told. Our text is found in Matthew 13:44-46.

Matthew 13:44-46

As I read these two parables I noticed a few similarities and a few
differences.

First, let’s look at the Similarities of the Parables
Both men realized the:

Priceless Worth – the kingdom of heaven is worth more than
anything on earth. Both men, after realizing the value of the
treasure went away and sold everything they had to purchase the
item of value.

The man in the field came upon the treasure, went away, sold
everything he had and came back to buy the entire field. He
recognized the priceless value of the treasure.

The merchant had been searching far and wide for a pearl of
significant value. When he saw this pearl, he also went away and
sold all he had to buy the pearl. He recognized the incredible
worth of the pearl and knew there were likely none like it to be
found.

What we must make understand here is that Jesus is NOT saying
that we can sell everything we have to purchase a place in
heaven. That contradicts Jesus’ teachings and the truth from the
Bible that tells us we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus.

The point Jesus is making with the parable is that the men both
recognized what they had as an item of value, worth more than
they could ever hope to find. The kingdom of heaven is like that.
When we realize how incredibly blessed we are that God sent
Jesus to die on the cross in our place it’s impossible for us not to
understand the great value of God’s love.

The next similarity between these parables is that
Each man saw the:
Value in Surrender – Each man willingly gave up all he had in
exchange for the treasure he found. No one forced him to make
that decision. Each did it willingly because they saw the value in
the surrender. They didn’t try to negotiate a better price or work a
deal, they knew what they had found was valuable and were
willing to pay the price.

So, now, let’s talk about how Jesus was intending to use these
parables.

Jesus is showing His disciples the value of a relationship with Him.
The price they would pay is to live under God’s authority.
Jesus required them to follow Him, to not look back, to surrender
to a life on earth of serving and living for Him.
The reward is eternal life in heaven.

In the Christian life we surrender our desires and submit to the will
of God. It is supposed to be a complete surrender. God doesn’t
want some of our love and some of our heart, He wants us to
follow Him with everything we have. He sent the Holy Spirit to
dwell in us completely. We have all of God dwelling inside us.

So, we ought to surrender to Him and give Him complete control
of our lives.

Next, I want to talk about the Differences Between the Parables

The first difference is that the man in the field found great joy in
finding this treasure

Joy of Possession

When the man in the field found the treasure, he wasn’t expecting
to find it. But he recognized the priceless value and saw the
value in surrender and went for it. He was so joyous when he
realized what he had found. It’s like that for many people as they
encounter Christ for the first time.

Listen to this interesting story about Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon grew up in a Christian home, but as a
boy he attended church only because it was the proper thing to
do. He was not immoral or rebellious but was basically satisfied
with his life and was not seeking any more religion than he had.
One New Year’s morning, when he was fifteen years old, he
decided he ought to attend the service at his church. When the
snow and cold wind became too fierce for him, he ducked into a
little storefront type of church, as much to get out of the cold as
anything. “When I could go no further,” he writes of the event, “I
turned down a court and came to a little Primitive Methodist
church.

The preacher who was to have conducted the service never got
there because he was held up by the weather, and quickly one of
the officers had to be brought forward to conduct the service
with the congregation of perhaps fifteen people. The man was
really stupid. His text was, ‘Look unto Me and be ye saved, all the
ends of the earth.’ And he just kept repeating it because he had
nothing else to say.” But something about Spurgeon caught the
man’s eye, and he said, “Young man, you look very miserable.
And miserable in life and miserable in death you will be if you
don’t obey my text.” He then shouted, “Young man, look to
Jesus! Look, look, look!” “I looked,” said Spurgeon; “and then
and there the cloud was gone and the darkness rolled away and
that moment I saw the Son.”

Sometimes salvation finds us when we aren’t looking for it. Aren’t
you glad that God is seeking after us even when He isn’t on our
radar?!

The merchant had been searching for the costly pearl for some
time. Jesus doesn’t describe his attitude as joyous upon finding
the pearl. I’m assuming it was more of relief than joy.

The other difference between these parables is the
Different Intentions of each man.

The man in the field had no intention of finding something great
value, he stumbled upon it.

The merchant had been searching for this elusive pearl and was
going to great lengths to find it. The kingdom of heaven is like this.

There are people in the world who realize they are missing
something and go looking for it. They search it out by asking their
friends, by visiting a church or looking online for answers. But
they are seeking something to fill the void in their lives.
There are others who don’t have God or church on their radar at
all, but God finds them right where they are and presents them
with the truth of the gospel. It could be through a personal
testimony of a friend, a miracle that God does to get their
attention, or any number of other ways! God is creative and has
many ways to draw His children to Himself.

APPLICATION

We have to remember the context in which we are studying the
Bible. Jesus was telling these parables to His disciples. In the
context of the other parables, He was describing evangelism. We
must view these parables through the lens of evangelism.

Be Ready to Share

The point here is that we don’t know who we are going to meet.
God may send people who are searching for Him and He may
send people who have no thoughts of spiritual matters at all.
The truth is that we should be ready to share the reason for the
hope that is in us just like Peter wrote.

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