Title: Parable #6: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Scriptures to Read: Matthew 13:44
Elements of the parable
The example taken from everyday life of the first century is that treasure would be hidden in a field for security. In this case a man discovered some treasure that had been hidden in the field, and he hid it again, “and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” The elements of the figure are the man, the treasure, the field, and all that he had.
What are the realities represented by the elements of the parable?
The Old Testament reveals to us what God considers to be His treasure. Read the following passages.
Exodus 19:5 (ESV)
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine.”
Deuteronomy 14:2 (ESV)
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
Deuteronomy 26:18 (NASB95)
“The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments.”
Psalm 135:4 (NASB95)
“For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession, or His own special treasure.” The word that is translated ‘possession’ in this verse means ‘treasured possession,’ something for which the owner has a special affection, or which holds a special value for him. So we see that Israel is God’s treasured possession.
b. The Man, the field, and the price
Now read Hebrews 12:1-2 with this parable in mind and notice what Jesus did.
Hebrews 12:1–2 (NASB95)
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross! Surely He gave all that He had, His own life, to purchase the world.
• The man is Jesus the Messiah.
• The field is the world.
• The price of the field is His own life, all that He had.
The meaning of the parable
What, then, does this parable tell us about the Mystery Kingdom? Jesus, the Messiah, found His treasured possession, Israel, hidden in the world. And from joy over His treasure, He purchased the whole world with His own life by dying on a cross. The man’s joy was over the treasure, and in order to have the treasure he purchased the field. And in like manner, Jesus’ joy is over Israel, and in order to have His treasure, Israel, he purchased the whole world.
The main point
The main point of the parable is that there will be many in Israel who will become believers. In spite of Israel rejecting the Messiah, there will still be a remnant coming to faith. And there will always be a number of Jews, small or large, who come to believe in the Messiahship of Jesus. The messianic Jewish community in our day numbers about 150,000 strong at the present time.