The aim of this devotional study is to consider one’s own attachments and priorities in light of God’s value system.
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Observation and reflections
Jesus told these stories (parables) to explain abstract truths about the Kingdom of God to his audience.
- Reading both these parables, what is the main lesson Jesus meant to teach about the kingdom of God and our relation to it?
- What type of man (in terms of his vocation, social status, education, and wealth) would typically be digging in a field he does not own?
- In Jesus’ day pearls were a rare and very expensive commodity. What type of person (in terms of his social status, education, and wealth) would be trading in it?
- Compare the two parables and fill in the missing words
|Parable||Treasure in the field||Pearl of great price|
|Who found it?||Common worker|
|How did he find it?||Accidentally|
|What was his response?|
|How did he obtain it?|
- Jesus told two very similar parables, which Matthew recorded next to each other. Why?
- Considering the differences and similarities between the two parables
- Both a common worker and a trained businessman discovered more they ever dreamed of. What did Jesus mean to say about the kingdom of God and (i) education or intellect?
- A worker accidentally discovered it while a seeking merchant found it. What did Jesus mean to teach about the kingdom of God?
- Both could obtain these precious discoveries. What did Jesus mean to say about the kingdom of God?
- The worker found it while he was alone a field; the merchant found it while engaging with people trading and comparing pearls. What did Jesus mean to say about the kingdom of God?
- Both sold all they had to obtain the treasure. What did Jesus mean to say about the kingdom of God?
Personal reflection and prayer
A common worked dug and discovered it, a rich pearl merchant travelled far and wide to obtain it. Both sold all they had and thereby could possess it. What does that teach you about the Kingdom of God?
- Both the worker and the merchant “sold all that he had to obtain” the kingdom of God. How does that challenge your priorities and preoccupation with material things today?
- Pray that God would see his worth and his reward.
- Pray that God would grace you to “seek first the kingdom of God” today.