We cannot buy it. That is worse than blindness because in blindness there is no perception while in darkness there is the constant strain to try to see. That makes Jesus’ explanation sounds kind of snarky. Those displays are only warnings of what is to come against the ungodly. Such a merchant would have traveled along the Persian Gulf and the coast of India where the better pearls were produced. 1. 8:28-39 Gospel: Matt. What do you value the most? Christian, are you spreading and proclaiming that message of both warning and hope? What do you value the most? The claim that God is too loving for Hell to exist is a rejection of Jesus’ teaching and a perversion of love and God’s character. 1. There is no doubt that all recognized that the kingdom of heaven would be a great treasure, but there was no thought that it would be hidden, personal, and that everything would be gladly given in order to gain it. First, they did not have banks or other public depositories in which they could store their wealth, so there was the increased risk of robbery. And he bought that field. And delight yourself in abundance. Woe to you, Bethsaida! Paul, like the men who liquidated everything they had to gain the treasure they found, counted as worthless everything else compared to priceless treasure of life in Christ. But slowly, the net draws around it and only as that net closes together do the fish become excited and start thrashing about, but by then it is too late. The only difference is that the emphasis is not on the fact that the good and bad are now mixed together, but rather on the judgment at the end when the good and bad will be separated. Beloved, God is longsuffering and not willing that any should perish but that all should repent (2 Peter 3:9), that is why He is so tolerant of sin and sinful men and women at this present time, but a day is coming in which is His period of patience will end and judgment will come. This parable is also connected to the previous parables by the word “again,” and it is similar to the explanation of the parable of the wheat and the tares. Denial of this doctrine does not change its reality. The good fish would be put into containers for sale, but the inedible fish and garbage would be thrown away. Incline your ear and come to Me. Wouldn’t giving all that up be considered a cost, a work? A fish swimming through the water does not think twice about a net should it happen to bump into it. Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. The disciples would have understood this illustration very well though we lose some of its sense because pearls are no longer as expensive as they were then. Matthew says Jesus used stories to reveal what had been hidden. Matthew 13:44-52. 2) Discuss with your parents what the Bible says about a woman’s role in family & society. Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good. That is the case here. Gospel of Matthew 26:14-27:66 or 27:11-54 - Articles, Commentaries, Homilies. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. It is a place where “their worm does not die” (Mark 9:44) – a horrible reference of the resurrected physical bodies of the wicked being continually eaten by worms, yet never consumed. A Costly Pearl. People learned to protect their wealth from both thieves and from the plundering of enemy soldiers by burying items including food, clothing and various household objects as well as gold, silver and jewels. The next parable is similar. And now He was training the disciples, “unlearned” as they were, to be His successors in that office. Third, this man went to great expense – selling all that he owned – to secure the treasure so that there would not be any question to his legal right to it. 13:44-52 Psalm: Ps. Introduction. If you want to consider those things as something of value you can, but the Apostle Paul considered everything, including even those things that “were gain to me” as “loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:5-7). Introduction – Pretend with me for a moment that it is the day of your death. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times the word “woman” is said. That is why He is so tolerant of sin and sinful men and women at this present time, but a day is coming in which is His period of patience will end and judgment will come. Their lives are torn apart physically by abuse, fast living, drugs and gross immorality. Return to the Lord and He will have compassion and grant pardon. Roman rule gave them some stability at the present time, but Israel is a land very used to invasion. They would not gain what is important passively. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Some have questioned the ethics of this man because he did not take the treasure to the owner of the field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. (See: The Parable of the Sower) The parable of the tares among the wheat showed that in the coming kingdom there would be toleration for the enemies of God, though eventually there will be judgment upon them. Kingdom of Heaven Parables. If you do not personally know Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, then you have been warned that your destiny is eternal Hell unless you follow the advice given Isaiah 55:6, 7 which was read earlier, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. The parable of the tares among the wheat revealed that instead of quickly destroying His enemies, God would be tolerant of enemies within the kingdom until the harvest when those who are evil would be gathered and separated from those who are good and then suffer judgment. Matthew 13:44-52. A large net was spread in the water and then drawn in after which the good and bad would be ____________, This parable is also connected to the previous by the word “again,” and is _____________to the wheat /tares, 2 Peter 3:9 – God tolerates ____because He is patient and calls people to repentance, but judgment will come, Romans 1:18-32 – God’s wrath against ungodliness is revealed – mostly in ______________________of sin, Hell is a _________place of eternal torment shut out from God – 2 Thess. In this case, if the owner had been aware of the treasure, he would have either refused to sell the field or removed the treasure prior to the sale. 2. We will look at this in more depth next week, but in brief Jesus tells them that since they have understood both the Old Testament and these new truths about the kingdom of God, then they should be like the head of a household that provides for his family by giving them what is needed. In those times pearls were the most highly valued gem and were often bought as investments – much like diamonds today. Does this mean that salvation can be purchased or earned? Mental breakdowns come as men push aside God and pursue their own vain philosophies resulting in the worship of science as the savior of mankind as well as the return of pagan earth worship. In Philippians 3:5-7 the Apostle Paul considered everything including even those things that “were gain to me” as “loss for the sake of Christ.” The value of the kingdom of heaven is so great that everything else is worthless in comparison. Since they have understood both the Old Testament and these new truths about the kingdom of God revealed in these parables, then they should be like the head of a household that provides for his family by giving them what is needed. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing, they see not|-In pursuance of this general rule, I do not give more knowledge to this people, be. However, … Continue reading "Commentary on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52" Others have just been living their lives without much thought to eternal things when they, from the human point of view, stumble onto Christ and find the answer to the question that they had not even been asking – what is life all about? The Greatest Treasure (Matthew 13:44-46) Sunday School Lesson for Kids. It is a constant and eternal torment – no wonder it is also described as a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Or possibly someone just walking through it? Matthew 13:44-58 1. Here we will offer thoughts and meditations on the message to help us as we contemplate and discuss and wrestle with … Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. “Ho! His value only comes from being made in the image of God, and sinners will be judged for defiling that image. Behold, you will call a nation you do not know, and a nation which knows you not will run to you, because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you. It is a place of constant torment, misery and pain that will last forever. France (Matthew, p. 540-541, fn. They believed the Messiah would come in power to physically set up His kingdom openly as He conquered His enemies. SAVE.pdf of message. What are you counting as worth more than life with Him? Jesus has strongly rebuked them, showing He is perfect in keeping with the law and that what He has done could only have been done by the power of God. There is a transaction that takes place. 13:44) was overjoyed and sold all his possessions. The Scriptures are clear that the purchase price of salvation is beyond us. The good fish would be put into containers for sale, but the inedible fish and garbage would be thrown away. Dutchess County That is an important point for there are those that promote the idea that the merchant represents God and the pearl represents people whom God finds and purchases because they are so valuable. Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. When a man found it, he hid it again. The difference between the two parables is that in the first, the person stumbles onto the treasure; while in the second, the merchant had been diligently looking for it. We cannot even imagine the horror that hell will be, because our minds are finite and cannot comprehend infinite agony any more than we can comprehend infinite joy. And the parable of the Leaven demonstrated not only the small size of the kingdom in the beginning, but also that the kingdom would expand through its internal influence, not an outward oppression of its enemies. A fish swimming through the water does not think twice about a net should it happen to bump into it. Some have questioned the ethics of this man because he did not take the treasure to the owner of the field. The parable of the Mustard Seed showed that the kingdom would not start as a large force, but instead as a very small entity, but it would become a very large entity that would be a blessing to all. This is the way in which salvation comes to individuals. The torment of Hell is described by Jesus in various ways. Sermon Notes: Parables of the Kingdom: Its Value This parable has the same point as the parable of the wheat and the tares except for the emphasis is not on the fact that the good and bad are now mixed together, but rather the emphasis is on the judgment at the end when the good and bad will be separated. In the second parable the merchant has been diligently looking for what is valuable when he finds something that is extraordinary. If per chance you think there is something, the next parable brings back reality. 25:31-46, Death brings worse suffering, not relief, for the unbeliever – Hell should scare you, ___the Lord (Mt. Not long ago a wildfire broke out a little south of Ellenville. Our focus today is Matthew 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven [that is, the kingdom of God] is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Listen, that you may live and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David. They expected the Messiah to have no toleration for His enemies and to bring many blessings upon all Jewish people. Your family stands around your bedside helpless to prevent your death from coming. It is a place of constant torment, misery, and pain that will last forever. 14 Stations of the Cross explanation with pictures; The Crucifixion of Jesus – Good Friday Message and Meaning ; 3. Pearls are not so expensive now due both to the fact that they are not as rare (in large part due to cultured pearls) and that it is not as dangerous to get them as it was then – divers risked their health and their lives in getting them. The exchange is your wickedness for God’s righteousness. You can read them in Matthew 23 in the sharp series of woes that he pronounced against the Pharisees and the scribes. On the larger scale, I have no doubt at all that extreme fires, floods, storms, and hurricanes as well as medical epidemics we have seen in recent years is a warning to our nation, but more importantly are those individual warnings as men begin to reap the consequences to the sin they have sown – their hearts are darkened, they become futile in their speculations, their minds become depraved and they enter into all sorts of immorality, perversion, and sin. he said (Matthew 23:13, et al). Many slight the gospel, because they look only upon the surface of the field. Grace Bible Church, NY This merchant found an exquisite pearl and sold everything he owned in order to purchase it. It is a simple matter of turning from your path of sinfulness that leads to death, and turning to the Lord and He will forgive and lead you on the path to life. What would I save if my house was on fire? Turn to Isaiah 55:1-7 and see its description of how this invaluable gift is freely gained. Wife – Do you fulfill your role willingly or fight against it and usurp your husband? 44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. Husband – Do you honor your wife for her support of you? In this parable the kingdom of heaven is likened to a merchant who is specifically looking for very high quality pearls. Hell was not made for man, but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), but every man and woman that rejects God’s grace will also end up there. They expected to be part of the kingdom simply because of their blood relationship to Abraham. Earlier he had pronounced judgment on the outlying cities: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Read Matthew 13:44-52 in context and/or in other translations on BibleGateway.com! The old is exchanged for the new. What is the value of the kingdom of heaven? What is the effect of a wife on a husband? The doctors have told you that there is nothing more they can do. Introduction ( Matthew 13:1-3).. 1. The word here (qhsaurovV / thesauros) simply means treasury or treasure box. There are seven parables in Mt. He then proceeds to do what is necessary to make it his without any legal question, so he sells everything he has to buy the field. (If you would like to receive Pastor Harris’ weekly sermons via e-mail, Click here), Grace Bible Church Home Page | Sermon Archives, For comments, please e-mail Church office, Subscribe to Pastor Harris’ weekly Sermon Notes via email – Click Here, Grace Bible Church Life in Christ costs you nothing in the sense of paying for it, but it costs you everything in the sense of surrender. The similarity in both parables is that when the value of what was found was recognized, both men sold all they had in order to acquire it. What happens if the woman fails in her role? What are the mysteries already revealed in the parables we examined so far? This is a collection of five or six parables (depending on how we count verses 51-52) of the kingdom of heaven. Only Matthew records these last three parables, and since they follow Jesus’ explanation of the parable of the wheat and tares, then it appears that these were only told to the disciples after Jesus had left the crowds and returned with them to the house in Capernaum (Matthew 13:36). This parable is connected to the previous one by “again,” so its point is similar. What does God say about children? We use the transliteration of this word, thesaurus, to refer to a treasury of words listing synonyms and related concepts. We cannot earn it. It is a simple matter of turning from your path of sin that leads to death and turning to the Lord. You yield your will to His because you have come to believe the truth about Him. The Scriptures are clear that the purchase price is beyond us and has been paid for us by Jesus Christ. 13. (If you would like to receive Pastor Harris’ weekly sermons via e-mail, Click Here), (For the PowerPoint presentation for this sermon, Click Here), Pastor Scott L. 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