MATTHEW 13:44-46

Verse of the Week

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” [Matthew 13:44]

The Big Picture

In these two parables Jesus teaches a lesson about the kingdom of heaven. We look at these parables in the same way we do the rest of the New Testament, by looking for Jesus in every chapter. The bible is a book that’s all about Jesus, not us. These two parables testify of Christ and His love for Israel,  and His church. So great a love that He sold, He gave all that he had even to death in order to buy the field, and purchase the pearl. 

Context:

Matthew 13:44 - In these two parables we see Jesus speaking of two different groups. Israel in verse 44 and the church, or the body of Christ in verses 45-46. We see all throughout the old testament that God speaks of Israel as His treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6 says this, “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession”.

 In the first parable we can think of the treasure as Israel, and the field as the world.  In verse 38 when Jesus explains a previous parable he says, “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one”.  He finishes this parable by saying, “when a man found it , he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field”. So speaking as to Israel Jesus says for joy over God’s prized possession and special people He has given and paid all that was necessary not just for us and the new covenant but the whole world. 1 John 2:2 says this, talking about Jesus, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the world.”

Matthew 13:45-46 - “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls” In this we see Jesus as the merchant and the beautiful pearls as His body, the church. Pearls are rare, beautiful, and formed from an irritant. A foreign substance makes its way into an oyster. The oyster secretes a new substance which then begins to form over time these rare, beautiful pearls. Jesus says when he found one of great value talking about his body, the church, he went away and sold everything to buy it. Jesus sees his body that will die to self and follow Him in all that they do as pearls of great value. So great a value that Jesus gave everything, even to death on the cross in order to purchase it.

Question Bank

  1. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?
     

  2. What are some of the obvious observations from this passage?
     

  3. How does this passage relate to us?
     

  4. In what ways can we grow in our spiritual life from the understanding of this passage?
     

  5. Jesus sees his people, the church as pearls of great value. How does this statement impact you in your walk with Him?
     

  6. Who’s one person in your life that you can invite to church or small group?

Questions for Personal Accountability
(does not have to be answered out loud)

 

Do we truly believe that Jesus values us so much that he literally gave everything, his entire life and death in order to save us?
 

Do we truly believe that without Him we are lost and face nothing but eternal death and torment? 

 

Does our daily life, and habits reflect this belief?

 

Are we all about Jesus?