The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
In the Bible there is this thing called the Law of interpretation or expositional constancy, it states that when you use a figure as something that figure is always that specific something. For Example; If a seed represents the word of God in one parable it always represents the word of God. You still there? Hang with me… When Jesus explains the Parable of the Weeds He give us the interpretation of “the field” being the “world.”
The field is the world and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. Matthew 13:38 NIV
That is Jesus Himself speaking. So it’s probably safe, even necessary to take Him at His word of the field=the world.
Ok, let’s move on… or back… way back…
In the very beginning GOD created the world, so it would stand to reason that the world was in fact God’s. He owned it so to speak… hold on were going somewhere I promise. After God created the world He then gave dominion or rule of the world to man.
Most of us know the story so I’m just going to breeze by. (If you want to read more reference Genesis 1-3) God gave man rule, man screwed up and ran, and in running (disobedience) man gave their right to rule the world over to Satan. Man was no longer ruler, but slave. Satan at that point became the ruler of the world.
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to Him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If You worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:5-6 NIV (emphasis added)
We are not going to go into an Adam & Eve bash party, because honestly, it could have been any of us. Not one of us is exempt from stupid decisions and that is not the point of this post. Lets move on. Ok, so quick recap; The world (the field) no longer belonged to God. God gave the world to us humans. Us humans gave away the world to Satan. All caught up. Here we go! Here’s the fun part. Back in our main verse Matthew 13:44 there was a mysterious “man.” This man found something, was SOOOO excited about what he found. Re-hid said something and sold everything…. EVERYTHING all to purchase ONE thing. Who was this mystery man? I’m so glad you asked! GOD! It was GOD! Now say it with me…
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV
Jesus. How sweet the name of Jesus. Jesus came back to redeem the world back to God. His plan was to restore the rule of the world back to it’s rightful owner and creator. Jesus was the price. Wait… It gets better. So now we know our mystery Man, we know the price He paid, but what did excite Him so much??? What was the Treasure that He found so valuable and precious that He just had to have it? YOU! It was YOU! It was ME! He treasures YOU so much He was willing to sell the best that He had so that He could have YOU. There were no negotiations. He didn’t look around for the best deal or wait for a sale. He named the price. The HIGHEST price. Because my dear YOU are His Treasure. I am His Treasure. My friends what would this world look like if we started to live like we were bought with a price. How would our everyday lives change? How would that effect our families? Our Marriages? Our co-workers? Can we do one last thing before you leave? Can we read this aloud over ourselves? I am the treasure that God discovered hidden in this world. In God’s excitement He hid me again and His Son gave everything to get enough money to buy the world back just so that He could have me, His Treasure. God, You are good. I pray that You give each woman a new revelation of the “Treasure” You call her. In this time of remembering Your sacrifice Jesus, let us live in such a way that brings honor and glory to Your Name. The Name above all names. Amen.
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