1.  Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure that a man found in a field

Jesus spoke another parable in which He compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure or thēsauros in the Greek:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure (thēsauros/G2344) hid (kryptō/G2928)  in a field; the which when a man hath found (heuriskō/G2147), he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field (Matthew 13: 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 (NLT)

 

2. Treasure (thēsauros) is used in scripture to mean a storage place for extremely valuable gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The Kingdom of Heaven contains hidden treasure or true riches which are accessed by faith in the Word of God.  Lord Jesus taught us to set our heart on the Kingdom of Heaven and to give priority to its affairs.

Jesus emphasized that the treasures of earth are destroyed by insects and rust and is at risk for being stolen by thieves. We must lay up treasures or invest our resources in the Kingdom of Heaven where the treasures and dividends are incorruptible and eternal. 

Apostle Paul in Hebrews wrote about Moses’ choice to suffer with God’s people of God rather than to hold on to the treasures of Egypt.  We know that Moses inherited TRUE RICHES in this life and such great status in heaven that the song that He and Jesus wrote is sung there (Revelation 15: 3).

Apostle John saw some of the eternal treasures that are laid up for the believer. The first is the privilege and honor of dwelling forever in the Presence of God, worshipping Him from the depths of the spirit – singing, waving, falling down on the face before Him. The believer will also inherit the eternal crown of life, robes of white, the name of the Lord in the forehead to name a few.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, G2344 they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh – (Matthew 2: 11)

Lay not up for yourselves treasures G2344 upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal

But lay up for yourselves treasures G2344 in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal

For where your treasure G2344 is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6: 19 – 21).

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure G2344 in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth (Luke 12: 33)

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures G2344 in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward (Hebrews 11: 26)

 

While we will inherit treasures in eternity, Lord Jesus also taught us that we do not have to die in order to inherit the treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven.  He promised that those who give all to follow Him will inherit treasure in this life as well as eternal life:

Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News

will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life (Mark 10: 29 & 30).

The wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ are also treasures of the Kingdom of God that are part of the believer’s inheritance:

In whom are hid all the treasure G2344 of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2: 3)

 

As Lord of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus sometimes demands that some give up their earthly pursuits in order to follow Him exclusively. These could be those whose wealth occupies all of their attention. One young rich ruler was so possessed by his wealth that he went away sorrowful at the Lord’s demand, unwilling to give all in exchange for eternal riches:

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure G2344 in heaven: and come and follow me (Matthew 19: 21)

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure G2344 in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth (Luke 12: 33)

 

3. The use of treasure in Matthew 2: 11 shows us that the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven are given to royalty. 

According to Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 2: 9, the believer is part of  “royal priesthood,” a statement which means that we  have entered into a Kingdom where we are elevated to the status of Kings and Queens. As royal priesthood, we have the right to serve and worship God the King in spirit and in truth.

Jesus said that royalty is gorgeously appareled and live in Kings’ courts.  Scriptures also show us that heaven’s inhabitants wear gold and are glamorously dressed.

For example, our Beloved Archangel Gabriel wore expensive linen and a gold belt when He visited Daniel, who was familiar with the glamour of the Babylonian Courts (Daniel 10: 5). Gabriel’s body was also indescribable and comparable to expensive jewelry, a foretaste of the kind of transformation which our bodies will undergo in eternity.

When Our Precious Lord Jesus revealed Himself Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos, He wore a golden girdle. The girdle in ancient times was a wide belt about  four to six inches wide which was worn around the waist. Jesus was dressed expensively. Like Archangel Gabriel, Jesus’ body was also transformed (Revelation 1: 13 – 16).  The Angels of heaven also wear pure white linen and gold belts (Revelation 15: 6).

Apostle John also saw that the royal priesthood living in heaven are given white robes ro wear and we too look forward to this symbol of royal status (Revelation 6: 11; Revelation 7: 9, 13).  Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!

 

4. The response of the man who found the treasure

The treasure was hidden in the field which we could interpret to be the world, since that is the definition Jesus gave in a previous parable in the Matthew 13 text.  Jesus said that the treasure of the Kingdom of God is hidden and is not visible to the naked eye.

The man sought after and found the Kingdom of God. He is one of the few to whom the mysteries of the Kingdom are revealed.  The mysteries of the Kingdom were so valuable that the man obediently followed Lord Jesus’ command to leave all and follow Him in order to inherit the treasure of the Kingdom:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure (thēsauros/G2344) hid (kryptō/G2928)  in a field; the which when a man hath found (heuriskō/G2147), he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field (Matthew 13: 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 (NLT)

 

5. Our Prayer

Father, I thank you that you have revealed the mysteries of the Kingdom to those who will believe and receive you as King. I thank you for the wisdom and knowledge that you will impart from your Spirit to ours as we seek after you with great passion.

Father, I love and cannot live without you. I draw near and choose to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and its righteousness so that all you value will be added to me. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity.

 

 

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