Extended reading: Matthew 13:34-43 speaking in parables fulfills prophecy; Jesus explains the parable of the weeds
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
At first glance of this parable I thought to myself, why would you hide such a treasure? Why not share it? Why sell all you own when you can just take it?? As I researched this passage and what life was like in those days, I learned of the danger of displaying and taking such a treasure without explanation of how you acquired it, and the danger of placing your treasure in a “bank”. I realized that the man who found this wonderful treasure sold all he had to buy the field and own the treasure without fear of losing it.
What a gift it is that we have the freedom to take up our treasure and share it with others without fear of losing it as long as we keep our faith and trust in the Lord.
Lord, please give us the wisdom to understand the meaning of your word and interpret it and share it with others. Thank you for opportunities to share my faith with others. Amen.