READ: Matthew 13:31-33
- The first parable conjures the image of a locked box or a pirate chest, buried in a random field. One day, a farmhand runs across it when the shovel thuds against what the digger thinks is a rock. Instead, it’s buried treasure. A forgotten lockbox is discovered. In the second parable, a merchant is examining a box of pearls and comes across one, superior to all the others.
- The word treasure is used in Hebrews 11:26, the “treasures of Egypt (i.e., abundant riches).” In other words, it was worth a lot of money. The word great value is used in John 12:3 to speak of the cost of the ointment used to anoint the feet of Jesus. In both cases, the words indicate something of immense worth. Of course, Jesus isn’t referring to a specific monetary amount. He’s simply communicating that the Kingdom of Heaven is of enormous value.
- That is an important component of these parables. To understand the point Jesus is making, one must understand the great worth of the Kingdom. In doing so, the parables establish a kind of measuring stick. If one doesn’t do what is indicated in the parables (giving all to get the treasure/pearl), the implication is that one doesn’t see the value of the kingdom. It isn’t worth much.
- What analogy would you use to describe the value of the Kingdom of Heaven?
- How much value would you place on the Kingdom, personally?
- Why do you think some people don’t see the Kingdom as being inherently valuable?
PRAY: Confess any concerns you might have with devaluing the Kingdom in your life. Ask God to help you appropriately value the Kingdom. Thank God for making the Kingdom accessible