June 23, 2020 - In Matthew 13 there are two very short parables that Christ uses to teach. Verses 44 alone is the parable of hidden treasure. Following that in verses 45-46 we read the parable of the pearl of great value. I would encourage you to read both but for the sake of the article I will only quote verse 44 which reads, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
What is this parable about? The answer lies in the interpretation of the parable. You and I might be tempted to put ourselves in the shoes of the man who finds the hidden treasure which is Christ or in other words salvation, and we must give everything we have to obtain the treasure. So goes that way of reading text. Does this not sound like some of the teaching we hear? I would suggest to you that this interpretation is a leaky bucket. We do our best to fill it up with water, but we find it to be empty. Some if not all soon grow tired of filling the bucket and eventually give up and toss the bucket to the side.
Folks, be honest with me now, who has truly given all for the treasure? I would say none of us. The book of Romans confirms that in ourselves we don’t even seek to do that. Many though still say that they must earn their salvation and if they see someone stumble that is a sign that they need to get right with Christ.
If you read the previous chapters of Matthew and if you’ve been following my articles on Matthew you might see where I’m going. The man is not meant to point to us but in fact point to Christ himself who gave his life to purchase the field with the hidden treasure. We are dead in sin and the field might have looked like a field of corpses. Christ still bought it and revived us. Let us rejoice and praise the Lord for our salvation. He considers us treasure and by his wounds we are healed. We are forgiven.
Pastor’s Corner is a column from Pastor Wynter Sturtevant III of the Mariposa Reformed Baptist Church.
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