Matthew 13:44-46 Hidden Treasure And A Pearl.

Matthew 13:44-46 Hidden Treasure And A Pearl.

In the parable of the hidden treasure, a man finds treasure in a certain field not his own, hides the treasure still in the same field, and then sets out to buy the field. Apparently whoever owned the field had not explored it sufficiently, or else they did not value what this man considered to be a treasure. In any case, since the man had to sell all he had to buy the field it is certain that he could not afford to let it be known how valuable the treasure was to him. He did not steal the treasure, but only hid it. Had the owner properly appraised its value he may not have sold the field, or may have asked for a higher price. In any case, being hidden now, it would hopefully be safe from others who may not appreciate its value (v. 44).

Paul considered that everything he had was as nothing compared to the knowledge of Jesus the Christ, his Lord (Phil. 3:7-8). In the Christ are “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3 Cf. Rev. 3:18). Jesus is the Merchant seeking “beautiful pearls” (v. 45). The saints are these pearls making up his holy temple wherein the Spirit dwells, to the glory of God the Father. It is the kingdom reign of the Messiah that is also the “one pearl of great price” (v. 46). The teacher of the Proverbs considered wisdom to be treasure to be sought out (2:4; 3:14-15), and in the messianic chapter 8 we read that the Messiah gives wisdom as knowledge and instruction, of greater value than silver and gold (10, 19).

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