READ: Matthew 13:44-46
- Parables are analogies. In a parable something is compared to something else. As in all comparisons, the analogy tends to break down at some point. In most parables the correlations are limited and the applications are rarely more than 2 or 3 ideas. In simple similitudes like our parables, there is usually only one point to be made. The analogy clearly identifies the key idea.
- In the treasure and pearl stories, the point is reasonably obvious. The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to something of enormous worth. We are compared to those who discover that valuable object. The action involved is that we would be willing to trade anything in the world for the more valuable item we have discovered.
- So, as Craig Blomberg says about these parables, the point is: “the kingdom of God is so valuable that it is worth sacrificing anything to gain it.” We shouldn’t push the analogy any further than that. However, we must not reduce the message either. To suggest that Jesus doesn’t mean that we literally sell all that we have might cause us to hang on to something at the expense of attaining the Kingdom. He could mean that literally as well as metaphorically.
- How confident are you in reading Scripture?
- How well did you do interpreting these parables?
- What could you do to become a better reader?
PRAY: Thank God for the presence of His Spirit in our Scripture study. Ask God to help us all be better readers. Commit yourself to being a diligent student of God’s Word.