Lessons Of A Lifetime

A Treasure To Be Treasured
Or
Precious Pearls Of Great Price
Sunday Feb. 16, 2020

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

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13.44-46

Something To Consider:
Here we are presented two more parables without an interpretation by Jesus. Therefore, there is of course more than one understanding of each. I personally find great comfort in the words of 2 Peter 1.20; “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” I have found the Word of God to be alive, powerful, and inspiring, whether I or others agree together about its meaning on every subject.

Someone wisely said to me as a young believer; “Son, we just don’t see eye to eye on this Scripture, so let’s agree to disagree agreeably.” That advice sounded good then and it sounds good now, unless the interpretation of Scripture leads people astray!

The distortion of Scripture has indeed led many to enter into the broad path of life that leads to destruction. The writer of Proverbs 14.12 announced; “There is a way that seems right unto a man [woman or young person] but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

There are many ways that lead unto death, but only one way that leads unto eternal life. Jesus instructed; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is indeed our great and exceeding reward-like treasure to be eternally treasured!

Something Else To Consider:
Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.” We know from previous parables explained to us by Jesus, that the field is the world. There are many who see the treasure in this parable to be Jesus. And no one who truly knows Him as Lord and Savior could argue the concept of Jesus being our treasure. But something that might be disputed is the fact that in this parable a man, after finding treasure in a field, sold all that he had to obtain that treasure. And who could argue the truth that we do not have to sell all we have to buy Jesus?

We cannot purchase our salvation or our way into the kingdom of heaven. The whole concept is contrary to revealed biblical truth. And in the entire bible, only one rich young man was ever commanded by Jesus to sell all that he had, not to purchase his salvation, but to give to the poor because he trusted more in his riches than in God.

Therefore, another view of this parable is that the treasure spoken of here may rather be the human race. In Exodus 19.5, the LORD called to Moses, saying; “Now therefore, if you indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people.” Could we indeed be treasures to be treasured by God? Just the thought is extremely encouraging and humbling at the same time!

A wise man wrote in Ecclesiastes 12.13 in his closing remarks, “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all [or duty in life]. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” And John wrote in 1 John 5.23, “By this we know that we love the children of God [other saints], when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

Something More To Consider:
Jesus also said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Again, one must overcome the problem of purchasing Jesus, salvation, or our entrance into the kingdom of heaven, if Jesus is the pearl of great price as some teach.

It is a most pleasant thought, but in reality, it was Jesus who traded all He had in heaven with His Father to come to the field of this world and purchase with His own blood all those who would by faith believe. Jesus indeed purchased all those He considers pearls of great price! Therefore, as true believers who keep His commandments, we are precious pearls of great price in the Lord’s sight and treasures to be treasured!

Speaking of true believers, the writer of Psalm 49.8 declared, “For the redemption of their souls is precious.” And again, the psalmist confirmed in Psalm 72.14; “He [God] will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.” And finally, in Psalm 116.15 we are forever reminded; “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”

Are we then in return treasuring Jesus in our everyday lives? Are we obeying or keeping His holy commandments to the best of our ability? Are we as end time enduring to the end followers of Jesus, faithfully observing all that Jesus commanded? And if not, why not?

Jesus gave everything He was and had in heaven with His Father for the redemption of humankind. How could we do any less? How could we go about our lives grabbing for all the worldly gusto and glitter that is made available to us on a daily basis? We are precious in His sight! Let us therefore act as if He too is precious in our lives as well.

A Few Final Words:
In the end, will our death be precious in the sight of the Lord? If our blood is required due to end time persecution, will it remain precious in the sight of the Lord due to our faithfulness to His Word? Jesus, over the joy that was set before Him, endured the suffering, endured the shame and the guilt of the cross, for us! He endured that which should have been required of us, in order that we might become His treasure to be eternally treasured.

And in the process of redemption, though Jesus became our great and exceeding reward-like treasure, we have become His treasures to be treasured and His precious pearls of great price. Therefore, let us never consider selling ourselves short in compromising with sin or in becoming a part of the enemy’s evil end time alliance!

As the treasure of God’s Word is hidden within our hearts, we begin to become more like treasure in the field, even as precious and priceless pearls of great price. For according to Jesus, “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.” Jesus bought our salvation and our forgiveness of sin with His precious blood and willingness to be obedient to His Father’s will. Let us go and do likewise!

Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, reveal to us the truth of Your Word, while revealing Your great love, great sacrifice, and great joy over us as pearls of great price. In Him Always, Amen!

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