Matthew 13:44 (ESV)
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
This is not an easy parable to understand. I always misinterpret this parable, but at the same time, I always recognize that my way is wrong. I even have a large warning sign next to the
parable. It is so easy to read this as the man hides the treasure and goes and purchases it… as if he is purchasing his salvation and is not to share it. The problem is that you cannot purchase your salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) and we are to share
the Gospel ( 1 Peter 2:9). So this interpretation is out! So what does this parable mean? A more Christological way to look at this parable is to redefine as this: the “field” is the world, the “treasure” is
you (the hearer), and the “man” is Jesus Christ. You are the treasure in which Jesus purchased your salvation with his life. He paid the ultimate price.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks that you valued me so much that you paid the highest price for my salvation. I humbly repent that my love for you falls short which is evidence by my sins. I repent and want
to do better. I trust in your love, mercy, and saving grace, and I want to do better. Forgive me and restore me. Amen.