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Summary: This sermon deals with the parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price.

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AP 24, 2005

MATT 13;44-46

44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

INTRO; TODAY, WE WILL CONCLUDE OUR STUDY OF THE PARABLES OF JESUS, AT

LEAST FOR A WHILE. WE WANT TO LOOK AT THREE PARABLES, THE FIRST TWO ARE SIMILAR, THE LAST IS NOT. RECALL WITH ME, IF THERE IS ANY ONE THING I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER FROM THIS TIME IN THE PARABLES, IT IS THIS; A PARABLE IS AN EARTHLY STORY WITH A HEAVENLY MEANING. AS HE OFTEN DOES, JESUS BEGINS EACH OF THESE PARABLES WITH THE SAME STATEMENT, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE, AND THEN HE PAINTS FOR US A WORD PICTURE. THIS PAST WEEK, I WAS READING AN ARTICLE BY DAVID MAINS, (HE IS THE GUY WHO PUTS TOGETHER THE 50 DAY SPIRITUAL ADVENTURES), WE HAVE DONE SOME OF THOSE TOGETHER. IN THIS ARTICLE HE ASKS THE QUESTION, DO YOUR CHURCH MEMBERS REMEMBER YOUR SERMONS? AND THE TRUTH IS, FOR THE MOST PART, THEY DON’T. ITS NOT THAT YOU ARE POOR LISTENERS, AND ITS NOT B/C I AM A POOR COMMUNICATOR. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS, WHY YOU DON’T REMEMBER. BUT LET ME SHARE WITH YOU ONE REASON WHY, SOMETIMES YOU DO REMEMBER. LAST SUNDAY, WE TALKED ABOUT THE MUSTARD SEED, AND WHILE I WAS HANDING THEM OUT, RUTHIE OPENS HER BILLFOLD, AND RIGHT INSIDE, SHE HAS A MUSTARD SEED.

NOW DOES SHE REMEMBER ALL THE POINTS AND THE WONDERFUL ILLUSTRATIONS THAT WENT WITH THE SERMON? PROBABLY NOT, BUT SHE DOES REMEMBER THAT THE MUSTARD SEED IS SO SMALL, AND YET IT MEANS SOMETHING SO BIG. WHEN JESUS TOLD THESE PARABLES, HE IS PAINTING SUCH A VIVID PICTURE, THAT IT LASTS AND LASTS FOREVER. LETS LOOK AT THESE PARABLES TOGETHER.

PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE. DOES ANYTHING CAPTURE YOUR IMAGINATION AS MUCH AS HIDDEN TREASURE? CAN YOU IMAGINE, IF YOU WENT HOME THIS AFTERNOON, AND YOU FOUND A TREASURE MAP. AND THAT MAP SAID, THAT ON YOUR PROPERTY, IN YOUR BACK YARD, THERE WAS BURIED TREASURE. AND, YOU REALIZED THIS WAS NOT A HOAX, BUT GENUINE. YOUR HEART WOULD START TO PUMP, YOU WOULD READ THE MAP, MEASURE EACH STEP, WITH SHOVEL IN HAND YOU WOULD BEGIN TO DIG. YOU WOULDN’T CARE HOW COLD IT WAS OUTSIDE, YOU WOULDN’T CARE WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT, YOU WOULD DIG. AS YOUR SHOVEL MAKES IT WAY THRU THE DIRT, YOU FINALLY HEAR THAT SWEET SOUND OF A METAL BOX. BE CAREFUL, DOWN ON YOUR HANDS AND KNEES, YOU BEGIN TO MOVE THE DIRT AWAY BY HAND. IT IS A TREASURE CHEST, YOU PRY IT LOSE, BRING IT TO THE SURFACE, AND WHEN YOU OPEN IT, INSIDE, TO YOUR HEARTS DELIGHT, IS THE TREASURE. YOU ARE JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH PURE DELIGHT. IT S ALL YOURS. (AND OF COURSE, SINCE I WAS THE ONE WHO TOLD YOU TO GO HOME AND DIG FOR TREASURE, A FINDERS FEE IS IN ORDER). FROM CHILDHOOD, WE HAVE HEARD THE STORIES OF BURIED TREASURE.

THE MOVIE INDUSTRY HAS MADE BIG MONEY RETELLING THOSE STORIES.

INDIANA JONES IS REALLY STORIES OF FINDING TREASURE. TITANIC IS A STORY OF FINDING TREASURE. I CANT BEGIN TO TELL YOU ALL THE STORIES BASED ON THAT THEME.


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