Now then I want to read only one verse of scripture in the
Thirteenth chapter of Matthew's gospel today. It is the forty
fourth verse and it is the verse of scripture that gives us the
fifth in the series of seven parables of Jesus in this chapter.
These are the mystery parables of our Lord, parables by which he
explains the strange mysteries of the kingdom. I have said to
you that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
I mean by that, the Lord Jesus would take a common easy to be
understood story and would lay that story along side a deep spiritual
truth. By the telling of a story he would seek to explain that truth
to us. There are some things that are mysteries in the word of God
that cannot be understood by human intellect alone. A mystery in
the bible is a truth that could not be understood unless God reveals
it unto man. So we have been looking at these mysteries of the kingdom,
we studies four of them thus far and now this morning in this one verse
we will look at the fifth of the group.
Look at verse forty four. "Again the kingdom of heaven is like
unto the treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he
hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and
buyeth that field." Now the first verse of that thirteenth chapter is
very important because it give us the setting of the first four parables
of our Lord. You will remember it says in verse one of chapter thirteen
that Jesus went cut of the house and say by the seaside. Then the
second verse says that the great multitudes of people came to him.
So by the seaside to the multitudes the Lord Jesus gave the first
four parables. But then you will notice in the thirty sixth verse of
the chapter, that Jesus sent the multitudes away. He went into the
house, he called his disciples unto him and then cn the inside of
the house to his disciples, he taught the remaining three parables.
Now this i-s- a very import ...
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