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12 - Finding the True Hidden Treasure

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Big Idea: In His joy, Jesus gave Himself to purchase the greatest treasure. You.

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Introduction

Wrapping up . Last 3 parables and looking at whole chapter in context.
Jesus is teaching, great crowds are gathering, the Pharisees are becoming more concerned. Not only are there many more people following Jesus, but there is also now more opposition to Him and His message.
As we’ve looked at Jesus’ teaching in , we see parables that help explain the Kingdom, reasons why He teaches in parables, and examples of responses to His teaching.
We will look at the next two parables and then read back through to gain a bigger picture context. Then come back and wrap up with the last parable.
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Who Purchased the Treasure?

Matthew 13:44 NIV
“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 bought that field.
v.44 Kingdom of heaven is like… Treasure
Matthew 13:45–46 NIV
“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.
v.46 Kingdom of heaven is like… merchant
Common Interpretation of Kingdom Treasure parables = Kingdom of heaven or Jesus Himself are the treasure and we should give all we have to gain the treasure.
Some verses to support this interpretation:
Already looked at Parable of Rich Fool – be rich toward God
Rich Young Ruler – sell all you have, give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven.
– do not store up treasure on earth, but in heaven. Where your treasure is your heart will be also.
But, this interpretation could also give the idea that heaven is a treasure that can be bought. That we actually can seek it.
Principle for understanding the Bible – read and reread in context for understanding a passage in the context of the bigger picture.

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For full context and understanding
What common things do you hear?
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Man/sower/merchant someone doing something = Jesus
Man/sower/merchant someone doing something = Jesus
Field/sea = world
Something placed or put, seeds/yeast, treasure = message or kingdom people (yeast = false message)
Something harvested/obtained/produced = kingdom results
Starts in 12 with rejection, ends 13 about rejection

Jesus Purchased the Treasure

Matthew 13:44 NIV
“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 bought that field.
Follows the pattern, man, field, obtain something of value
for the joy that lay before Him, he endured the cross and shame.
Matthew 13:45–46 NIV
“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.
Also follows the pattern merchant, sea, obtain something of value
7:23 you were bought with a price
for the joy that lay before Him, he endured the cross and shame.
7:23 you were bought with a price
Also fit better with the harvest pictures
Perspective – the parables are not about teaching a rule and evoking the response, more about the kingdom message and response to it, including end harvest.

Conclusion

Disciples becoming sowers
Disciples becoming sowers

Disciples Become Sowers

Jesus also wraps up this section by asking the disciples if they understood.
Matthew 13:51–52 NIV
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Matthew 13:51-52
The format of this parable is different. Not the Kingdom of heaven is like… but specifically about the disciples.
Disciple in the kingdom is like… the Owner, new and old treasures, teaching, gems of truth.
As we talked about in the parable of the sower - Jesus is the sower, the disciples become the sowers
make disciples, teach them to obey all I taught you

Big Idea: In His joy, Jesus gave Himself to purchase the greatest treasure. You.

In His joy, Jesus gave Himself to purchase the greatest treasure. You.
Jesus valued the world enough to trade the treasures of Heaven to redeem us. He also calls us to trade all we have for His Kingdom treasure.
As part of the Kingdom of heaven, you are learning/training to be a sower, disciple
You are a growing, producing, valuable member of the Kingdom

What About You?

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