Parable of Valuable Kingdom

Matt 13:44 “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.

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Parable of the Hidden Treasure by Rembrandt(c. 1630).

Jesus Christ spoke a parable about kingdom of Heaven where a man found a hidden treasure in a field which he hid it again, went and sold all that he had to buy that field. From the parable, we understand that the treasure is the kingdom of Heaven.

Why is the treasure hidden?

Matt 13:10-14 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;

Mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven is hidden purposefully by God because the people are willingly ignorant of it. They see but do not see. They hear but do not hear or understand. It means, they see the kingdom of heaven and hear about it. But they are blind to see it, and not willing to obey what they hear.

Why did the man hid it again? The man hid the treasure to make sure it remains there until the field is purchased. If the owner of the field ever knew there was treasure in the field, he may not sell it to him.

What is the cost of that field?

The man had to sell all that he had to buy the field. The cost of inheriting Kingdom of Heaven is your entire wealth. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have anything for our basic needs and become homeless. Wealth is an abundance of possessions or money and treasures are valuables. The parable is speaking about abundance and not basic needs. The cost of the kingdom of Heaven is the cost of our entire abundance.

Mark 10:21,25 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. … It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

We are to sell our abundance and give it to the poor and needy to inherit the kingdom of Heaven. This is why Christ said, it is hard for a rich man to enter kingdom of Heaven.

What is the field?

We need to fully understand the parable of the pricey kingdom before we understand what is the field. The field represents Jesus Christ and the hidden treasure is the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ is the merchant who paid the full price of the great pearl with His own life to purchase the Kingdom from the Father and we inherit from Him. Please refer to the parable of the pricey kingdom for more details.

Conculsion

The kingdom of Heaven is not free to inherit. It is a valuable hidden Kingdom that costs your entire wealth for you to inherit. If you are unwilling to sell your abundance and give it to the poor and needy, you will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven.