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. Matthew 13:44
Sometimes a verse is taught or understood one way but it never really has an impact, then a completely better understanding is revealed and the misunderstanding is replace with a clearer understanding of God’s ways in these dark times. The parable of the treasure hidden in a field is one of these often misunderstood verses, in that we believe we need to sell all, buy the field and the treasure is Jesus or the kingdom.
Matthew chapter 13 is an account of several parables Jesus told. First, a sower sowed seed in a field with various results. Second, a man sows good seed in a field, but his enemy sows tares. Third, a treasure hidden in a field is found, hid, and purchased. Forth, a pearl of great price is a similar story, and finally a dragnet describes the separation at the end.
“Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. Matthew 13:36-38
Jesus clearly says the man is Himself, the field is the world. So it is in this parable of the treasure that the man once again is Jesus, and the field is the world. The treasure hidden is not something we have to sell all to obtain, but Jesus paid the great price in laying aside His divinity, becoming a man, and purchasing the world with his blood. Mixing John 3:16 into this parable; God so loved the field that he gave his only son that whoever believes would not perish but be His eternal treasure.
… you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 For you were bought at a price 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23
Because the treasure is hidden we rarely really grasp just how valuable we are to God. Many have obscured this treasure by not heeding Paul’s warning to take heed how we build on his foundation in 1 Corinthians 3:10-12. So much wood, hay and stubble has been mixed into our religion that the treasure has been buried deeper. It is my hope that many will discover a treasure map finding the gold, silver and precious stones, and encourage others to build in alignment with the cornerstone, on a sure foundation, and according to the heavenly pattern.
There are threads that run through many books of the Bible. Probably the best known thread is the scarlet thread of redemption, where little hints, types and shadows of Jesus’ way of salvation are woven into Old Testament passages. Many other threads can be discovered and traced; The Revelation 21-22 vision of the heavenly city is full of threads. Jerusalem, the bride, tabernacle, water or river of life, foundations, walls, gates, the number 12, gold, precious stones, lamb, measuring, temple, light, glory, book of life, and tree of life are all in Revelation 21-22 and also found in many other places in the Bible.
Behold, the eternal dwelling place of almighty God is with man. Have you caught a glimpse of the treasure hidden in a field? Come, I will show you the bride, the lambs wife. And he shows us a city with pearls for gates, jeweled foundations, streets of gold. An old Vineyard song said we will dance on streets that are golden. I think we will be the streets, walls, foundations. We are the treasure hidden in a field, refined, combined, and artistically fashioned into the climax of history. The eternal dwelling place of God.