It is not full life because it is life that is separate from God (Isaiah 59:2). (Matthew uses the phrase “kingdom of heaven” while the other authors use “kingdom of God,” but they are one and the same.) New life in God’s kingdom is much more than going to heaven when we die - although that will be wonderful! On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. It is knowing the Father, the King. God wants ALL people to believe in Jesus and enter into His kingdom (1 Peter 2:9). Matthew 13:45-46 The merchant was common in Palestine because it has always been a crossroads. These are underwater animals that live inside of a shell. It gave Him a place to speak, away from the press of the crowds, provided good acoustics, and probably a nice backdrop.i. It turns out that Mr. Hill’s emeralds were some of the best quality emeralds in North America. Why? Some thoughts on today's scripture. He was left with nothing. This story is very much like the first parable. Teacher: Show your pearls. - Matthew 13:44, Props: Small plate of fruit, dark glasses, bandana; Strand of pearls (artificial is fine). The parable of the hidden treasure found. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? This is like the kingdom of God because it grows in the hearts of believers, and it grows throughout the world as more and more people enter the kingdom. All rights reserved worldwide. Jesus said: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure that was hidden in a field. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. The person has a change of heart, and he or she truly wants to do God’s will. Matthew 13:46. Ἕνα, one) An incomparable one; that is, the kingdom of heaven itself. And when we know the value of what we have as members of the kingdom, shouldn’t we share it with everyone we know? When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. The treasure was too great to forget about! Listen for answers. Jesus makes it clear that we should not let anything keep us from entering the kingdom of God. Knowing the explanation of this parable as explained in Matthew 13:36-43, we understand why Jesus said it right after explaining the parable of the sower, especially with the seed that grew up among the thorns. Again, let me ask you to notice, further, the two ways of finding. Don't Forget Your Cross Matthew 16:24-26; 25. That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. God's Personal Treasure Matthew 13:44-46; 20. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and … The Parable of the Sower. The point of the parable lies in his "earnestness," his anxiety, his care, and his actually obtaining it. In this parable, we learned that different people hear God’s truth and accept it in different ways. PPT KEY VERSE. But then they let greed and worry take over their heart and mind, and that chokes out the truth that they know. 19. A sower went out to sow. Teacher Note: These parables are not a plea for us to sell all we have in order to obtain the kingdom - for we truly have nothing to offer God (Ephesians 2:5-9). Say: This summer we have been studying the parables that Jesus taught. Life outside of the kingdom of God is way less than God intended it to be. It is the best life possible. Share your treasure! The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value. The conduct of the man would be dishonest. He went home and sold everything he owned: his house, his furniture, his jewelry, his sheep and goats. This treasure is freely given by God, the King, to everyone who trusts in Him. Then in his joy () he goes and sells all that he has and () buys that field.. Application: The point of these two parables is the great value of being a part of God’s kingdom. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” But the treasure or the pearl here need not be taken as something outside ourselves. Matthew 13:11-17 and 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, 14 make it clear that the mysteries of the kingdom are hidden from some who are unable to hear, see, and comprehend these truths. 2) Gospel Reading – Matthew 13:44-46. Matthew 13:44–46. Teacher: Call up a volunteer. Parables are stories about everyday people and things that help us understand spiritual truths. The man in Jesus’ parable found a very valuable pearl. Pearls are very valuable. You should not love anything or anyone more than you love the King, God Himself. Background to passage: Jesus has just finished giving several parables about the kingdom in general, and people’s responses to it. Maybe he was a hired helper for the man who owned the field, or maybe he was just passing through. As we learned two weeks ago, the kingdom of God will grow and grow! In the interpretation of the parable, the case described is that of a man who, not having started in the pursuit of holiness or truth, is brought by the seeming accidents of life—a chance meeting, a word spoken in season, the example of a living holiness—to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, i.e., to Christ Himself, and who, finding in Him a peace and joy above all earthly treasure, is ready to sacrifice the lower wealth in order to obtain the higher. It sure was, and it was right in the man’s own backyard! The kingdom of God is FAR more valuable than anything in this world. Such, we may well believe, had been the history of the publicans and the fishermen who made up the company of the Twelve. [641] [641] Πέπρακε, sold) This is indeed to renounce all things whatsoever thou mayest possess.—V. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.” (John 10:10). The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field. He merely states the way in which people do "actually" manage to obtain wealth. Jesus came and offered the kingdom. (Just as a comparison, the diamond on a woman’s wedding ring may be about one-quarter or one-half of a carat.) The Church That Jesus Built Matthew 16:13-19; 23. Jesus takes away the sin of everyone who trusts in Him (John 1:29). July 29 & 30, 2017. When they were cut and polished, they were worth millions of dollars. The treasure was so important to him, that he joyfully gave up everything else in the world to gain that treasure. 13. He probably laid awake each night thinking about the treasure until it was his. The kingdom of God is wherever the will of God is done. Now, let’s turn to Matthew 13:44 and read what Jesus said about hidden treasure. They each have the element of a man who discovers something valuable and sells all that he has and buys it. And like the first parable, the man gladly gave up everything he owned to get the pearl. Next, the thorny soil stood for those people who trust God’s word and begin to bear fruit. The Christian must constantly listen to Matthew … Say: Pearls come from oysters. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. - Matthew 13:45-46. Matthew 13:44 - 'The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44. The oyster creates a coating that covers the sand or shell. Hard path, rocky places, thorny, and good soil. Place your hands together like an oyster shell. Eventually, after several years, it ends up looking like a beautiful, shiny stone called a pearl. Brought to you by KidzLife, Unless otherwise noted the Scriptures taken from: Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version, (NIrV®). But Jesus came to make the kingdom available to everyone (Mark 1:15). Matthew 13:44-46 The Message (MSG). When a man found it, he hid it again. It seems by this parable, according to the Jewish laws, that not the finder of a treasure in a field, but the owner of the field, had the propriety in it; when it should seem rather, that it ought to be divided. By the grace of God, He sends His Holy Spirit to live inside of that person, and he or she is then able to do God’s will. The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a. I. Before we read the parable, I want to tell you another true story. Such that have ability and leisure, may consult a controversy in Philostratus (l), between two persons, the buyer and seller of a field; in which, after the purchase, a treasure was found, when the seller claimed it as his; urging, that had he known of it, he would never have sold him the field: the buyer, on the other hand, insisted on its being his property; alleging that all was his which was contained in the land bought by him. To get anywhere, it seems, one had to go through Palestine. He states a case where a man would actually "sacrifice his property," and practice diligence and watchfulness to obtain the wealth which he had discovered. Another parable set he before them saying. He hideth - That is, he conceals the fact that he has found it; he does not tell of it. ‘To follow knowledge, like a sinking star. He knew that the treasure was better than his home and his belongings. This man was like the people who had listened to God’s promises of long ago, and were waiting for the Messiah, the Savior, to come. Matthew 13:44 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 13:44, NIV: "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." This week, we’ll look at a parable in which Jesus told how much the kingdom of God is worth. Jesus wants it to grow! The treasure is a symbol of the members of the church. Special thanks to John R. Cross, The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, GoodSeed International. She has also spent many years mentoring Middle School and High School girls. The bigger and more perfectly round the pearl, the more valuable it is. The gospel is more valuable than such a treasure, Psalm 19:10; Proverbs 3:13-15. Everyone who chooses to trust in Him has kingdom life - life to the fullest! And sometimes a piece of sand or shell gets in. There is nothing that even compares to a loving relationship with the Creator of the universe! I have this beautiful fruit. the which when a man hath found; either with or without the use of means, purposely attended to, in order to find it; such as reading, hearing, prayer, and meditation: for sometimes the Gospel, and the spiritual saving knowledge of it, are found, and attained to, by persons accidentally, with respect to themselves, though providentially, with respect to God; when they had no desire after it, or searched for it, and thought nothing about it; though by others it is come at, in a diligent use of the above means: he hideth; which is to be understood not in an ill sense, as the man hid his talent in a napkin, and in the earth; but in a good sense, and designs his care of it; his laying it up in his heart, that he might not lose it, and that it might not be taken away from him: anor joy thereof; for the Gospel, when rightly understood, brings good tidings of great joy, to sensible sinners. Put dark glasses on her and tie the handkerchief LOOSELY to cover her nose and mouth (bandit style). I can take a bite and taste the amazing flavors. 45-46 “Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. (Matthew 13:44-46 RSV) You can see that these parables are very much alike. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society / Used by permission of IBS-STL. 44 “God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The man was so excited to know that he could possibly own that treasure. They put their trust in Jesus. Say: Jesus often used parables to teach what the kingdom of God is like. Say: Jesus began His story with the words, “The kingdom of heaven is like...” Let’s talk about the kingdom of heaven for a minute. Jesus told a parable about a man who found something in a field that he did not own. (7) Few men understand how great the riches of the kingdom of heaven are, and that no man can be a partaker of them but he that redeems them with the loss of all his goods. Again, the Kingdom of … Ask: Does anyone know where pearls come from? But Christ does not intend to vindicate his conduct. The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price (Matt. But you aren’t quite able to taste it. Default. Jesus is not saying that you must go out and sell everything you own. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. The parable had its fulfilment in them when they, at the bidding of their Lord, “forsook all and followed Him.” Such, it need hardly be said, has been the story of thousands of the saints of God in every age of the Church’s life from that day to this. Notice that the man sold EVERYTHING. With a view of obtaining this, Jesus says that a man would go and sell his property and buy the field. 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