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Parables of the Kingdom (2)

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Opening Prayer
Intro
I want you to think of something
Sunken treasure
It’s estimated that, beneath Earth’s waters, 3 million undiscovered shipwrecks exist. And right now, all across the planet, the locations of a select few of these lost ships are actively being sought.
The Merchant Royal
Treasure hunters have been searching for years for the Merchant Royal, also known as the “Eldorado of the Sea.” This British sailing ship that went down near the Isles of Scilly during a violent storm in 1641 is believed to be loaded down with unimaginable riches. As one of the more well known shipwrecks, under-the-sea hunters have invested years into seeking out the location of this near 400-year-old wreckage. According to historians, the Merchant Royal’s treasure includes “gold, silver, and bullion estimated to be worth hundreds of millions in today’s prices.” Some believe its worth could surpass $1 billion. (Source https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-greatest-shipwrecks-still-out-there)
Billions of dollars have been spent in search of sunken treasure
Imagine that you we vacationing somewhere in the vicinity of where the treasure is supposed to be and you somehow found it.
What would you do?
Review
Book theme: Jesus is the promised Messiah-King of the OT, but he is not what the religious leaders expected.
Third discourse closes today
This is a discourse of parables
Not allegory
Three Parables today
Laid out to reflect and expand the last 3 parables
Last Week: Weeds, Mustard Seed, Leven
Mustard seed was equal with Leven
Arranged “Chiastically” or in oppositional order
This Week: Hidden Treasure, Pearl of Great Value, Net
Hidden treasure and Pearl of Great Value are equal, yet each gives nuance to the meaning
Net provides an interpretation
Closes with a final parable to the disciples only
Exposition
Matthew 13:44 ESV
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The parable of the hidden treasure
Here is a situation where a man is in a field that is not his. We don’t know if he had permission to be there or if he was hired to work the field or if he was just passing through.
Whatever he is doing, he finds a treasure
He doesn’t pick it up
Interestingly, in the Jewish system at the time, if he would have picked it up, it would legally have belonged to the owner of the field.
He instead “covered it up” and cashed in everything he could to buy the field and own the treasure for himself
Legality/morality of situation not addressed.
The next parable is similar, look at verse 45
Matthew 13:45–46 ESV
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Here is one who’s business involved buying and selling pearls.

I. Being a part of the Kingdom is of the highest value and worth the cost of discipleship

The Hidden Treasure emphasized that, because of the value, if the kingdom is shown to someone, they will believe
The pearl emphasized that knowing the cost is not a deterrent because it is truly worth it.
Applications are many:
Be willing to give up sin
Be willing to give sacrificially
Be willing to prepare
Be ready
Matthew 13:47–48 ESV
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.
Corresponds to wheat and weeds
Matthew 13:49–50 ESV
49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Interpretation

II. At the end of the age, the world will consist of true disciples and the lost.

Matthew 13:51 ESV
51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.”
The disciples declare that they understand all of these parables and so Jesus gives them another parable.
Matthew 13:52 ESV
52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
Because the disciples declare that they have “understood” they are one’s who “have ears to hear”
So this parable is about them
They are scribes who have been “trained for the kingdom” or in other words, a scribe who has become a disciple
A scribe is a keeper of the Scriptures
They are those who have found the hidden treasure and bout the great pearl
Yet they don’t have these treasures to just put in storage and keep for themselves
Instead they bring it out
Both the Old and the New
Can mean OT and NT but that is a simple understanding
Somewhat closer is the Old Covenant and New Covenant
So this disciple is like a “master of the house” who brings to good news.

III. As a disciple of Jesus, you have been given knowledge that must be shared.

Application:
Share with unbleivers
Share with believers
Share with self
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