"Trading Pearls for Pebbles"- Matt. 13:44-46

This week’s Core Belief, Stewardship: I believe that everything I am or own belongs to God.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Scripture: Matthew 13:44-46

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field—and to get the treasure, too! 45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

The Message of this Passage:  

Two more parables, of the Treasure and the Pearl, focus on the value of the kingdom. A man discovers a valuable treasure hidden in a field. And what does he do? He hides it and sells all he has to buy the field! Similarly, a merchant finally finds the “pearl of great price.” And what does he do? He likewise sells all he has to buy the pearl.

The personal impact of God’s kingdom rule is determined by an individual’s response to it. Because it is God’s kingdom, no kingdom is more valuable. Thus it costs one all that one has, but the sacrifice is worth it! What is so new about the incalculable value of the kingdom? Would not everyone agree the kingdom is invaluable? But notice that the kingdom is more than the costly treasure or the valuable pearl. It is like the action of the man who found the treasure and the action of a merchant who found the pearl. Its value causes people to give up everything to share in it. Thus these parables pointedly underscore Jesus’ call to total and true discipleship.

Answering Interpretive Questions:

  • What is the kingdom truth contained in the main point of these two parables?

  • What does that tell us about God

  • How can I live the parable as part of my life

  • As a “he-that-has-an-ear” person, how should you respond to this truth?

  • What does the man do when he finds the hidden treasure? (v. 44) the merchant when he finds the pearl? (v. 46)

  • What does Jesus appear to be teaching?

  • How is the kingdom of God of inestimable value; and why should a person do all that he can to receive it by faith and participate in its life?

  • Would you say you live your Christian life with a conscious awareness that the possibilities of God’s powerful reign resides within you through the Holy Spirit?

  • How would you measure your receptivity to the truths of God’s kingdom?

Grant Schweisthal