Parables of the Kingdom – Finding Treasure in a Field…
People didn’t have banks in Jesus’ day, so they hid money wherever they believed it would be safe. Somehow our intrepid “finder” found a treasure in a field and, as we know, sold all he had for joy and bought the whole field.
Here is the audio homily plus a couple observations…
What kind of treasure? Here’s what Matthew points to as treasure:
Matthew 6:19–21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
And here’s what Matthew points to as the opposite of finding & selling all…
Matthew 19:21f Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
And Isaiah has this to say.
Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
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