Summary: An examination of the Kingdom of God.
WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YOU?
In Jesus’ ministry, He taught a great deal about the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. It was only natural, as He was teaching, for people to wonder how to become part of the Kingdom, how to get in on the Kingdom of God. In response to their unspoken questions, Jesus tells these two parables.
In the first parable, Jesus says the KOG is like a treasure hidden in a field …
- Many treasures hidden in the Middle East in those days. There was often raiding & changes in government. They had invasions & deportations. Also, very few people had access to banks & the banks they had were not the most secure in the world. They weren’t insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).
One writer (Trench) reports that men of wealth often divided their wealth into three parts: one for doing business, another part converted into precious stones with which to flee if necessary, and a third part to be buried in a safe place.
This man, found the treasure, went and sold all he had, & bought it.
In the second parable, a merchant was in the business of handling pearls. He was in the business of handling valuable things. He handled pearls from around the world. He didn’t sit idly by. He didn’t spend his time in front of the TV. He didn’t lie around the house waiting for a handout. He was busy. He was working. In the midst of his business, in handling valuable things day in and day out, he came across the most valuable pearl, the most valuable treasure he had ever seen.
Pearls were very valuable in those days. Most pearl bearing oysters were found at a depth of around 40 feet. * I swim a lot & have dove to the bottom of our lake in many places, but I don’t believe I could dive 40 feet without equipment. Some of the pearl divers in those days would tie themselves to a rock, throw it over the side of the boat, and ride it down. Once they got to the bottom, they still had to look around, find the oysters, pry them loose, and then get back to the top. Also, only a few of the oysters pulled up, would ever have a pearl in them. So, pearls could only be gotten at great risk to people’s lives.
This merchant, when he came across this great pearl, sold all he had and bought it.
Now, these parables are put together and shared by Jesus for a reason. They appear side-by-side in the Bible for a reason. Like all parables Jesus told, they are earthly stories with heavenly meanings, and this morning I would like us to look at a few of the items we can learn from these parables.
I. PEOPLE DISCOVER THE KINGDOM IN DIFFERENT WAYS
First, I would like you to notice that people discover the kingdom, or come into the kingdom in different ways.
Did you notice, the first person stumbles across the treasure he found? He wasn’t looking for it. He wasn’t searching. He wasn’t on a quest. He “found” it.
In the second parable, the merchant was busy looking for valuable pearls. He was searching for and working with valuable things when he discovered the treasure, or the “Pearl of great worth.”