by J. Gerald Harris

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The Twin Parables (4 of 4)
Series: Parables in Matthew 13
J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 13:44-46

This morning we're going to look at two parables, the parable of the hidden treasure and the parable of the pearl of great price. These parables are quite similar. In both cases you have a man who finds something of great value. And in both cases the man sells all that he has in order to purchase the thing of value.

The treasure hidden in a field represents God's chosen and elected people - the Jewish people - who are buried among the nations of the earth. They are His and someday He will resurrect them.

Do you remember Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones, and how those bones came together and formed skeletons, and how flesh came upon those bones, and how the wind came and breathed upon those lifeless bodies and they stood up an exceeding great army? God used that Old Testament story to illustrate how the nation of Israel would be resurrected from the nations of the earth. The passage of time and the covering of death does not hide from God.

Now, the parable of the pearl of great price is a picture of our Lord as He lays down all He possesses in order to redeem the church and purchase us from our sin and condemnation.

So, in the first parable, the parable of the hidden treasure, you have the picture of the Lord who rediscovers His chosen people and purchases them back for himself. In the second parable, the parable of the pearl of great price, you have a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ as He seeks out His bride, the church, and purchases the church by giving up all that He has. Now, with that understanding, let us give our attention to the parable about the pearl.

A traveling salesman is looking for costly pearls. One day he sees the most beautiful pearl that he has ever seen. There is not a blemish on it. It is fabulously gorgeous. This merchant decides that he must have this pearl above everything else, so he liquidates all of his assets. He ...

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