Parables of Jesus Lesson 01 – Hidden Treasure

Let’s turn to Matthew 13:44 and read together.

In ancient times, people hid their precious treasures in the earth. On occasion these treasures were lost when the original owner died, or was captured or killed by enemies.

The man in the parable may have been working in the field when he discovered the treasure. When he realized the true value of the field, he quickly went home and sold all he had to buy that field and obtain the treasure hidden within.

Have you ever considered this parable from the perspective of the man’s friends and family? They did not know there was a treasure hidden in the field. They must have thought the man was crazy buying an ugly, empty field. At the very least, they probably thought the man was making a terrible real estate investment.

What is the treasure Jesus is speaking of in the parable?

Let’s read together Genesis 15:1 and Psalm 27:4.

God is our great treasure. Christians desire to see the beauty and the splendor of the Lord. We can obtain this treasure when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16; 14:6).

Just as people may not have understood the man selling all he had to buy the field, people may not understand your walk with Jesus. They may wonder why you spend so much time at church instead of going to a college football game or watching a movie. They may question why you would be willing to give away ten percent of your income instead of keeping that money and spending it on yourself.

How do we find God today?

Let’s read together Matthew 6:33; Deuteronomy 4:29; and Jeremiah 29:13.

Even though we are living in the end times where the love of many has grown cold, we can still find God today. We only have to be willing to seek Him with all our heart.

What does it mean to seek God with all our heart?

Let’s turn to Luke 2:45-49 and read together.

You cannot find God through diligent church attendance or memorization of Biblical doctrines. The scribes and Pharisees did those things, but they did not have a relationship with Jesus. They were walking in a field unaware of the treasure so close to them.

If you truly want to find God, you need to have the earnestness and urgency Joseph and Mary had when they were desperately searching for Jesus in those three days.

Friend, God promises you will find Him if you truly search after Him. Are you willing to obtain a priceless treasure the world does not appreciate?

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