The Parable of the Hidden Treasure, The Beautiful Pearl and The Dragnet!!!
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.
“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, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire.
There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth “.”Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He said to them, “Therefore every Scribe who becomes a Disciple is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”….. Matthew 13:44-52
We have been Looking at the Parables of Jesus as it relates to the outward expression of the Kingdom of Heaven as we see it here on Earth. So we see that it contains good ground and bad ground, wheat and tares. And Here the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a Treasure and a beautiful Pearl and a a Dragnet. And Jesus did not provide an explanation to these expecting us to Compare Scriptures with Scriptures in dependence on the Holy Spirit.
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.: The Only thing Worth Calling a Treasure is Jesus. All the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge are hidden in Him(Colossians 2:3). But this Treasure is Hidden in a Field and not a Private Garden. This Field is open for everyone to Come in. There is no restrictions. Am sure many must have Walked Upon the Field and nothing Looks so Special about it. It was just like any other Fields on the Surface.
Many have walked through the Field of Christianity Yet they have not discovered the Treasure Hidden in it. To many , nothing Seems Special about the Field of Christianity. That’s why there is No Joy and gladness about their Christian race. But as Many who are Willing to dig on this Field Like this Man did, as Many Who are Willing to use their energies, intelligence, time and money digging on this Field Find the Treasure Hidden in it. Those who find this Treasure hides it lest the Devil comes and take it away from them, for all that the Devil comes to do is to Steal, Kill and destroy(John 10:10). They hide it lest they come short of it(Hebrews 4:1). They hide it lest their friends and families discourage them about it. I use to advice those who just found the Treasure in Christ to try to spend more time alone meditating on what they have found first before sharing the News with others. Be fully convinced about it. Hide it within Your Heart first. Let the Fire burn within Your Heart in your closet. Be sure about what You have discovered. Many new Converts backside because they are not sure of what they have found before they start proclaiming it. And in the place of mediating on the Treasures You have found in Christianity, there is Joy. All those who have found Jesus find Joy. All those who have discovered the Real Jesus that the Bible teaches are people of Joy. Mediating on Jesus brings Happiness and Rejoicing into a Soul. And You will be willing to give Up everything in other to Have this Field and its Treasure.
. But to get this Field and the Treasures in it, There is a Price to be Paid. This Field has to be bought!!! It is not for Free. There is a lot of things in the Christian race that are free. Such as Forgiveness of Sin, Baptism of the Holy Spirit is Free. All you need to do to get Forgiveness and Baptism of the Holy Spirit is repent, Confess and Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ(Acts 2:38). But if You want the Fullness of Christ, if you want to partake of God’s nature, if You want to experience this Lifestyle described in the New Testament. A Life of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit(Romans 14:17), then You have to pay a Price!!! And the Price is, “ALL THAT HE HAD” Everything He possess must be given up to acquire this Field. You can’t get this Field with 80% of All you have. Even 99%will not be accepted from You. It must be, “ALL THAT YOU HAVE” To understand this phrase better, we must look at the condition of Discipleship that Jesus spoke of in Luke 14:33 ” whoever of you does not forsake ALL THAT HE HAS cannot be My Disciple” Does this mean we have to give up our house, Job, clothes, wife, children and family? Because we have all these things!!! There is a difference between HAVING something and POSSESSING. What did this Man who wanted to buy this Field did? He collected “ALL THAT HE HAD” and gave it to the owner of the Field!!! The Owner of Kingdom of Heaven is God, so to get this Kingdom, we have to give, “ALL THAT WE HAVE” to God!!! How do we give it to God? This can best be illustrated in the story of Abraham who possessed Isaac as His own. Isaac was the darling of Abraham’s Heart, probably an Idol to Him. And God said, “Give Him up”. And Abraham gave Isaac up on the Altar to God. God didn’t allow Him to Kill Isaac, but as from the Day, Abraham no Longer sees Isaac as His own anymore. As far as He is concern, He has given Him up to God, God just allowed Isaac to stay In his house. He has Isaac in His House but He does not posses Isaac as His own. This is exactly how we must hold everything we have on Earth. We have them but don’t posses them. Our House, Job, Children Cars, we can have them but cannot posses them. This is the Mark of a Disciple.!! We need to make a Checklist of Everything that we consider Valuable and lay everyone of those items on the Altar, then you can posses that Treasure that was Hidden in the Field!!! Therefore, sit down and count the Cost(Luke 14:28).And I counsel You to buy from the Lord, this Field(Rev 3:18).
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.: This Parable passes the same message as the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. As if Jesus was saying, in case You missed the first one, at least don’t miss this one. Jesus is the One Pearl of Great Price. True Christians are like Spiritual merchant seeking where to Invest their resources. And when they found Jesus who is of Great Price, they were willing to give up “ALL THAT THEY HAD” to get it. It is because people place a low value on Christ that makes it difficult to give up everything that they have to lay hold of Him. Let us therefore be watchful lest we miss the greatest Treasure of all.
The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” : Casting of net is a picture preaching the Gospel, for Men are Like Fishes on the Earth. Remember when Jesus called His Disciples, He said to them, “I will make You Fishers of Men(Matt 4:19)” And it is amazing to see that this Net of the Gospel caught different kind of things, just like in Today’s churches, there are different kind of people sitting there. The Gospel caught different kind of people. Some were caught by the Gospel because the Church promised them a Salary, some because they want to get contacts with those who will help them financially, some because of Good music. Indeed the Gospel net has caught different kinds!!! The time is coming when the dragnet will be filled and drew to the shore. The time is fast approaching when the trumpet will be blown and preaching of the Gospel will come to an end. And there will be a Separation between the Good and the bad that was gathered by the Church. There will be separation between Hypocrites and Disciples. There will be separation between False Prophets and True Prophets. It would be done carefully by Angels sitting down so that no mistake will be recorded. Only Disciples who have kept themselves Pure from corruption of Sin will be gathered into the Vessel as good and valuable. Others will be thrown away as unprofitable. Jesus warned so much about Hell. There would be wailing and gnashing of teeth for Hypocrites who have not repented but Yet sat within the Church. That Day will be a day of weeping and regrets for those who only have a form of Godliness but lack the power that save people from Sin. He who has ears, let Him hear. Now is the time to repent if you are an Hypocrite, Today is the Day of Salvation!!! Don’t wait for the Day the Wicked will be separated from the Righteous.
Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?”They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who becomes a Disciple is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.: It is God’s will that we understand whatever We read in the Scriptures. It is a good thing to always hear the Lord saying to Us, “Have You understood all these things?” Have You understood How to give up all that you posses?, Have You understood what it means to Pay the Price?, Have You understood that Hypocrites and Sinners within the Church will be cast into Hell?, Have You understood these things? ” it is a Sad thing that a lot of People are yet to understand these things. They replied,” Yes Lord “. If they had said,” No”, Jesus would have taken the Pain to explain again. For there is no Teacher as long-suffering Like Jesus. It is His Desire that we understand these things. Finally, He said to them, a Bible Scholar(Scribes) must become a Disciple!! It is a good thing to study the Bible but Study without Obedience is dangerous. You can be a Scribe yet be a Bad fish. You can know the Bible yet be a Tare in the midst of wheat. A Scribe must be taught about the Kingdom of Heaven!!! He must fulfill the Conditions of a Disciple. And if He has become a Disciple, He will become a Store House of Revelation both old ones He got many years ago and New ones. Disciples will always be Fresh when they share the Word of God. Bible knowledge becomes a Treasure only when You become a Disciple!!!
Dear Friend, Have You found the Treasure? Are you not Just Walking on the Field of Christianity and nothing seems Special on the Surface? Could that be the reason why there is No fervent Love and Joy about Jesus? Could that be the reason why You don’t Study Your Bible? Because to You, there is Nothing Special about it, it is just Like other good books? My Friend, There is a Treasure Hidden on this Field of Christianity but only those who are diligent enough to Dig it up found Joy about it. Don’t Miss it. Seek for this One pearl with Great Price and Give up “ALL THAT YOU HAVE” to get it. The great Day of Separation is coming when the Hypocrites and Disciples will be made known. Become a Disciple therefore, for Bible knowledge means Nothing. Remember the Devil knows the Bible so well but He remains as the Devil. It is Obedience that Matters not Knowledge. May God gives us Grace to Understand and Obey all we have heard.(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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