The Treasure and the Pearl
31 January 2021 AM – Matthew 13:44-46 – Parables21 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Read text. Good commentators are divided on the interpretation of these two parables. Warren Wiersbe explains, “The common interpretation of this parable is that the sinner finds Christ and gives up all that he possesses to gain Him and be saved. But this interpretation presents several problems. To begin with, Jesus Christ is not a hidden treasure. He is perhaps the best-known Person of history. In the second place, the sinner cannot ‘find Christ’ for he is blind and stubborn (Ro 3:10). It is the Saviour who finds the lost sinner (Lu 19:10). And no sinner could ever purchase salvation! Please note that the man in the parable did not purchase the treasure; he purchased the whole field. ‘The field is the world’ (Mt 13:38). Must the lost sinner purchase the world to gain Christ?” The Bible Exposition Commentary, 1:46 Good Bible scholars hold both views. Either may be correct. However, Wiersbe’s argument (as well as Lockyer, KJBC, Guzik, Morgan, and The Bible Knowledge Commentary) is strong and we will follow that.
Transition: We will break down these parables as we have the others in order to find practical application for us today.
The Hidden Treasure