“The Kingdom Of Heaven”
(Is Like Unto Treasure Hid In A Field)
Matthew 13: 44
I. Unto A man Who Sowed Good Seed
II. Unto A Grain Of Mustard Seed
III. Unto Leaven
IV. Unto Treasure Hid In A Field
A) The Treasure
- Now let us dissect this verse carefully.
- For 700 years before Christ came to earth, the nation of Israel was not what God had intended for it to be. When the Lord (Jesus Christ in the flesh) came into the world, Israel was a scattered people without a king; they were hidden.
- We believe this treasure is… Israel, God’s people.
- WHY? Look into Exodus 19: … “3) And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4) Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5) Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be A PECULIAR TREASURE unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
- Look also into Deuteronomy 7: … “6) For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be A SPECIAL PEOPLE unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 7) The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
- Note in verse 8 the reason WHY God said they were special….
- Verse 8) But because the LORD loved you,
- “…and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
- This is the “clincher”… Psalms 135:4… “For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for HIS PECULIAR (Private property, special, odd or different) TREASURE.”
- We as a Nation should take heed to how we treat the nation of Israel. (At the present, they are in darkness, blindness, and they are in hiding.) But, they are still God’s chosen people.
- Looking at our text verse (Matt. 13:44)again …Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; Note the word “hid.”
- Christ came to be the Messiah over 2,015 years ago and his own received Him not. The wheels of God’s program did not come to a screeching halt with the rejected Messiah.
- Instead, Israel was set aside for a time.
- To get an idea about Israel being scattered and hidden, look at I Peter 1:1… “¶ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus,
- The primary audience of these books was converted Jews.
- Strangers are often referred to in scripture as the lost people. But more often they are referred to as the children of God.
- Israel, in I Peter 1, was strangers to the land of Pontus, Galatia, Asia, etc. they did not own the land but were merely temporary residents there.
- We too are strangers to this world. Our real home is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).
- Jews were scattered throughout the earth. They were hidden. We call this the “Diaspora”, or the dispersion of the Jews.
- So far, we have… “a treasure(Israel) hid (scattered strangers)…”
C) In a field
- Where is this “treasure” hidden?
- Again we read Matthew 13:44… “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field;”
- We know that according to Christ’s words back in Matthew 13 verse 34…Jesus said that “the field is the world.”
- Israel is the least popular (hidden) in all the world, and so are its people.
D) Which A Man Found
- Let us read our text again in Matthew 13:44… “¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth,
- This man is none other than Jesus Christ.
- Once again we can claim John 1:11… “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.”
- Christ “found” the “treasure(Israel)” but the problem with the treasure He found was this…NOTICE: That when He came unto His own (Born in a manger and lived on earth) and found them scattered (Hidden in the field), He found them and hid them.
E) And Hid
- To be hidden is not to be lost and gone forever. But rather to be out of sight for a while.
- I can only imagine how Christ must have felt when He left the glories of heaven to come to a low life place and have His own people reject Him.
- Here is a verse to help us understand this subject… Matthew 21:43… “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”
- Clarence Sexton wrote …there was a time when the Lord Jesus Christ announced to the Jews that they had failed in God’s work of making the Lord known. He told them that was why they were redeemed, why God chose them, why God called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, why God gave Abraham the son Isaac, and why God gave Isaac Jacob, and why Jacob had sons, and why they went down to Egypt.
- God raised the mighty nation of Israel out of Egypt, and to them and through them the Lord wanted to make Himself known to all the world. BUT THEY HAVE FAILED !
- Israel is hidden again, set aside. The real commentary on this verse is found in Romans 9,10,and 11. Let us read Romans 9:14… “¶ What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.”
- God has chosen a people above all people…Is this something unrighteous that God has done? No, God can only do right.
- Now look into Romans 10:12… “¶ For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Here God has set the Jews aside. During this church age, this is how God deals with the Jews. God is not done with the Jews.
- Now let us look into Romans 11:5… “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
- Now look down in verse 25) “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, The mystery that we are studying here in Matthew 13:44, He found them in the world. They rejected Him. When He found them again he hid them. They are set aside. DO YOU KNOW… there is coming a day, according to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, when 144,000 Jews will be flaming evangelists preaching the gospel during the tribulation period? God is not finished with them yet. That’s why Paul finishes this passage with… lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”
- “…the fullness of the Gentiles” God is dealing with this period of time when the Holy Spirit is calling out a bride. We are looking for our bridegroom, Jesus Christ. When the last one is saved, God will call his bride away.
- The Bible says that this blindness will be on Israel until the fullness of the gentiles.
F) And For Joy Over It
- When we look back into our text Matthew 13:44… “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”
- Immediately I think of John 3:16… “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- Why? To buy the field (the world). The treasure is in the field. The Jews are in the field. Jesus bought the whole world.
G) He sold his life for pure enjoyment
- · “…for the joy thereof…”. What Joy?
- Hebrews 12:2… “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
H) He Goes and Sells All That He Has And Buys That Field
- At what price?
- Finally friends, notice that in our text Matthew 13:44… “and buyeth that field.”
- I John 2:1… “¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
- What does the word “propitiation” mean? It means to cause someone to be favorable towards you. To win or regain the good will of someone. satisfaction. In other words… Jesus Christ died on the cross to “satisfy” the demands of God’s holiness for the punishment of sin. Jesus satisfied God. The penalty however is only paid for those who repent and believe.
- Christ is our mercy seat. He is our Salvation.
- Christ is telling the disciples in our textual verse… “I am going to the cross because I want the treasure that my God has made. To purchase that treasure I must give all that I have. I want everyone to know me because God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
- Christ was the price.
- Had He not paid the price, there would be no salvation!
- ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure (Israel) hid (Scattered everywhere) in a field (the world); the which when a man (the Lord Jesus Christ) hath found(He came to earth), he hideth (He hid it because they rejected Him), and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath (He gave absolutely everything He had, His own life) , and buyeth that field (To buy Salvation).