Read: Matthew 14:44-46 “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 bout that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant, looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
This one was a real eye opener for me. My bible study notes suggest that both the hidden treasure and the pearl teach the same truth. I don’t think that is the case. It is another parable, comparing two different types of people. A man and a merchant. Using the term man seems pretty generic and straight forward. This was intentional. Using the term merchant implies status. A merchant was a business person who bought and sold goods. He has a title and was probably well known in his area.
Now the treasure was mysterious. The text does not tell us exactly what the treasure consists of. It also does not elaborate on its value. The pearls, on the other hand, were “fine pearls.”It says the man found the treasure and the merchant went looking for the fine pearls. Did you catch that? One person found something and one person went looking for something. The man that found the treasure that was hidden, went and hid it again! This man was storing his treasure for later! The merchant that went looking for the fine pearls kept looking until he found one of great value. Then he sold everything he had and bought it. The merchant has his valuable pearls now! See the difference? Both parties sold everything! The man invested with joy in the field (kingdom) that the treasure was hidden in somewhere. The merchant put all his money into a pearl (world) and has possession of an expensive pearl.
This parable highlights another one of Jesus’ teachings found in Matthew 6:19-21.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Will you pray with me?
Help me to have the heart and mindset of the man. Help me to joyfully invest everything I have for you and your kingdom. Please forgive me for the times I have let my self get in the way and focused on attaining treasures that will fade away. I know this world is not my home! Help me to live for you with heaven as my reward and devote my life to building your kingdom. All these thing we humbly ask in your precious and holy name! Amen!