Parables Revisited: Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Posted: 31 March, 2008 in Ponderings
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“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.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.   Matthew 13:44-45

The parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl were probably the shortest and simplest told by Jesus. For the longest time I have been taught that the intent of these parables were to convey that some rewards are great enough to be worth our sacrifices. Although the man may have to sell all that he had in order to be able to buy the field, but when he buys the field and gains the treasure within, the effort is all well worth it. It expresses the idea that even if living according to God’s commandments as God’s beloved children is a difficult and demanding sacrifice, the reward of salvation in the “kingdom of heaven” is well worth it. Sounds familiar?

Or is it?

The first note we know is that both parables are linked because of the word, Again in v45. The next critical point then, is to find out who is “the man” that is being mentioned. Our evidence can be found in The Parable of the Weeds, the first in the series of the “Kingdom of Heaven”, it is also the only one that is being explained by Jesus Himself in The Parable of the Weeds Explained. Now see this:

Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

In the parable, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. Matt 13:24, “the man” as explained by Jesus is referring to, The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. Matt 13:37, “the Son of Man”, which points to Jesus Himself.

So if “the man” refers to Jesus, and when we apply it back into the parables of the hidden treasure and pearl, it will read like this:

Jesus found a hidden treasure that is pearly, refined and of great value. And then in His joy, went, sold and gave up everything He has, and bought that treasure.

You are that treasure.

 The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl, Serving Hands

With a pairs of empty hands, He gave all He has. And bought you.  You were bought at a price   1 Corinthians 7:23

  1. I’ve never thought of this parable that way.

  2. joannalaforet says:

    I was just about to write on this in my own blog. My mom just came up with this same idea and threw me a series of questions on Matthew 13. It is certainly easier to understand this parable in the “traditional” way but then it doesn’t really fit into the whole chapter. But if we see it as God being the man who sold everything and bough us (the field with treasure/fine pearls), then the whole chapter fall together. However, most commentaries understand it the other way.
    “Oh what is man that you are mindful of him?” We are like treasure or fine pearls in God’s eyes that God is mindful of us and sold all He had, gave us His son, and bought us.

  3. King David says:

    couldn’t have said it better myself!

  4. Jacob Robinson says:

    Hi my name is Jacob Robinson, and I am the youth Officer in The Salvation Army in QLD Australia.
    We have a ministry called The Salvos A.R.K. (Acts of Random Kindness, where we go into the communities I work in and do A.R.K.
    We under the guidence of the leading of the Spirit, go and tidy up people’s yards to bless them with God’s love.
    As we have had alot of support from local businesses, we are getting some sign writing done on the side of our trailer.
    I would like to use the image of the hands on the sign. And so I write to get your permission to do so.

    My email address is:

    As we are currently designing the sign writing, I would appreciate your reply.
    Thanks for your time and support.

    Capt Jacob Robinson.

  5. King David says:

    Hi Jacob, blessings in that name of the Lord!
    Great to hear of your ministry. Lets contiune move in His glory.

    I do not have actual ownership for the picture. I linked it from this site:

    Do write to them.

    God bless.

  6. Sage says:

    That is a beautiful interpretation. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lucien Mubumbyi says:

    O’ The bliss of this wonderful thought: That my sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bare it no more! Praise the Lord!!
    Thanks for exposing the passage above. Christ died that He may purchase me, a bond slave to sin!!!

  8. Amber says:

    Guess what, it gets even better. Check out this article for even more insight on this parable.

  9. King David says:

    Fantastic site!

    Thanks Amber.

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