A treasure & a pearl draws us to authentic life. Jesus unveils two astounding, intertwined ideas about the Kingdom of heaven in these twin parables in Matthew 13:44-46. The Kingdom is God’s right to rule and reign, one of three inseparable word-pictures describing the relational, Triune God, Father, Son and Spirit. Marriage, the upward focus of worship; Family, the inward focus of growth in child-rearing; Kingdom, the outward focus of reaching the world. Therefore, as we think through Kingdom parables, we may substitute our Team-of-Three, particularly in their heart to rescue and restore to intimacy with the Father.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure.”
God Himself, Father, Son and Spirit are the treasure and each one of us are the man who found the treasure. He reburied it, sold all that he had and joyfully bought the field. A key observation: if the treasure was limited, he could have just taken the one treasure chest at the time he discovered it. Our Community-God is a treasure that we will spend all our days on earth “mining” its unfathomable depth, and will never come close to the end. He is the eternal God, full of goodness, greatness and generosity. His love outshines the sun in its mid-summer noon brightness. God the Father, Son and Spirit are truly worth selling all for. I say: “It’s my great joy to be all-in with you, Jesus!” What’s your heart response? How is that being lived out today?
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant.”
In the first parable, we seek God, who is a treasure beyond description. In this second of the twin parables, God Himself seeks us, who are pearls of unsurpassed value. This pearl merchant travels the world looking for fine pearls, and has built a pearl collection to be admired. However, when he finds one pearl of greater value, he sells all that he has and goes all-in to buy this one pearl. Was he crazy to sell his entire pearl collection for that one pearl? Or wise? It depends on the value of that one pearl! The pearl merchant is God and we are the pearl of great value in His eyes. And God thinks He got a superb deal to redeem us since nothing in creation has more value than one image-bearer.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
It was Jesus’ good pleasure to leave heaven, come to earth, become a man and die in order to buy you…a “pearl of great value.” It was God’s good pleasure to adopt us into His family. He finds you lovely as His bride, and delights in relationship with you. Do you believe it? Have you really embraced how God truly sees you…a pearl of great price, enough for Jesus to leave heaven to buy you? Lovely! Valuable! Desirable! Embrace God’s perspective; He has never once been wrong. Then worship Him from your heart, which means a willing abandonment of all we are and all we have to Him (Romans 12:1).