Summary: Let me say that the field is the world. The man is Christ Himself. The treasure is God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel.
MATT. 13:44 THE PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE - ISRAEL
Today Lord willing, we’re going to talk for a little while about the “Hidden Treasure” that Jesus talks about here in Matt. 13: 44, so I want you to pay close attention.
First of all let me remind us that a parable is an earthly illustration to reveal a heavenly truth.
Listen as I read today’s text, only one verse. Matt. 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.
Let me say right off that the field is the world. The man is Christ Himself. The treasure is God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel.
Matthew 13: 38 The field is the world;
The Jews are scattered through out the world at this time, although there is a great number in the little country of Israel as we know it right now, but the vast majority are still out in other places of the world, with probably the greatest number of the Jews being in New York City.
And by the way, that little piece of land that is referred to as Israel at this time, is only a little part of what all the land of Israel will be when the Lord returns and gives the Jews all the land that is rightfully theirs.
Deuteronomy 11: 24 –28 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river,** the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.
25There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.
26Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
Let me point out that this covenant was conditional, Israel had to obey God and the things He commanded them to do. But as history tells us they did not, therefore a curse was upon them.
But when the Lord Jesus Christ returns at the battle of Armageddon and defeats His and Israel’s enemies, He will then restore their blessing, as they will at that time know who He is.
Jeremiah 31:31 –34 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it—
-in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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:
That last phrase reminds us of the parable, for the treasure [Israel] was buried within the field, which is the world.
Everything that is belongs to God, the entire universe, but His special Treasure, was placed right here on earth.
God is certainly not through with the Jews.
Paul wrote: Rom. 11:1–2 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew .
Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.