God has his buried treasures and he is speaking of them in this parable. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! These parables afford us a glimpse behind the scenes of history into factors and forces which are at work today but which we would never find reported on the pages of the newspaper. Therefore they will be your judges. . You cannot read the Gospel stories without seeing that there came a time in our Lord's ministry when he began to change his message and turn away from the proclamation that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, that he was there in their midst.
Well, is it not obvious that there is something lost with relation to humanity, something every human being seems to be seeking, consciously or unconsciously, something every thinking person in this room and throughout the world is searching for and longing for with an ache that is almost physical? Men have dreamed of finding it for centuries. And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? He has but hidden them away again. He has previously identified himself as the central figure. Nothing we now know even comes close. Just like this merchant man who sold that which he was possessing and bought that single precious jewel.
Matthew 13:47 Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. There is a man, and there is a field. No trip can compare with going there. You will be brought down to Hades. The treasure field is the body of the true believer. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. Instead of being received by the rulers and leaders of the people he was rejected.
Jesus had entered Jerusalem in what we call the triumphal entry. The first four stories were given to the unbelieving seaside crowd. It recognizes the allure and the mystery which always gathers around the notion of hidden treasure. And the nations of earth will never learn this righteousness finally, until Israel stands once again as a nation before God, recognizing the presence of God in their midst and providing a working model of how every nation ultimately shall be run by the provision and power of God. But, nevertheless, the Scriptures tell us that the secret is hidden from men until it be revealed through Israel. This time it is just one.
When our Lord covered the treasure over it was hidden completely in the field of humanity again. All that while his wife was using true Lutheran materials in her class. He chose them to be a representative nation, to be a working model of what a nation ought to be, in order that other nations might share that knowledge. But the exciting thing about Scripture is that in it we are always dealing with fact, not fancy. Only when Israel comes again into its right relationship to God is it ever possible to have world peace.
Read the account of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. In this little parable he reveals that he came and found this treasure, the secret of world peace and prosperity, hidden in this nation. I have never forgotten something I learned years ago when in Hawaii. The church would thereafter demonstrate before men the healing grace of God as we will see in our next study together. If you don't you will just keep up appearances like an unbeliever should.
. Copyright Statement The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Do we treat the things of God as our greatest treasures of all? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. We never can understand anything until we see it demonstrated before us. There would be a partial failure of the seed of the Word because of the conditions of some of the hearts into which it fell. But such is not the case; God did not choose Israel for that purpose.
A Christian teacher needs a store of Christian knowledge in order to teach. Not wholly lost was the effect, for by Acts 13:49 we learn that in consequence the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. He who has ears , let him hear. So according to the parable he hid the treasure again. Why is it that for all our professed ideals, our hopes, and our skills, peace on earth is still a distant objective seen only dimly through the storms and turmoils of our present difficulties? And the next sabbath day,.