by Jerry Vines

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Buried Treasure (5 of 7)
Jerry Vines
Matthew 13:44

This a one-verse story. It's marvelous how Jesus can take just one little statement and pack it with so much truth. There's so much in what Jesus tells us in this one verse of Scripture.

We've been looking at the parables of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 13 for several weeks. These are called the mystery parables. There are seven of these parables which the Lord Jesus tells in succession, one after the other. In these parables the Lord Jesus tells us what is going on on this earth between the first coming of our Savior and His second coming - His return to the earth.

We find in these seven mystery parables, these seven simple stories that Jesus tells, what God is doing in the world.

I think it is important for us to see how the Lord Jesus told these stories because there's a simple little interpretation here or explanation that will make a lot of sense to you. The first four of these parables were given to the multitudes at large. In the first two verses of Matthew 13 Jesus is teaching at this point by the seaside and He is teaching to a great multitude of people in verse 2. So it says, ''He spake many parables unto them.'' That is, the great multitudes.

He told four of these stories to the multitudes by the seaside. Now, look at verse 36 in the chapter and notice what Jesus does after He gave those first four parables. In verse 36 it says, ''Then Jesus sent the multitude away, went into the house. His disciples came unto Him, saying Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.'' In verse 37 it says, ''He answered and said unto them.'' Not the multitude, but rather the disciples who had come into the house.

The first four parables Jesus speaks to the great multitude at the seaside. The next three parables the Lord speaks to His disciples in the house. This is very important for us to understand. The first four of these parables Jesus gave to the multitudes give us the outward manifestati ...

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