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05/24/2017

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Treasure In The Kingdom


"What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?" (Lk.13:18) "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field" (Matt.13:44). "The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls" (V 45).

Mulberry Sellers (based on Dr. M.F. Stephenson), a Mark Twain character from Georgia, claimed that there was a lot of gold in the hills of Georgia. In the 1840's he supposedly coined the phrase, "There's gold in them thar hills..." "Millions of it." We can make that a rallying cry for ourselves when contemplating what the kingdom of heaven is like according to today's two parables. In the 1st parable about a treasure hidden in a field, we find this nugget... "When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." In this parable, we don't see the kingdom of heaven as a mere generality, but as an individual and personal thing, Its not just a true blessing of the earth or leaven seasoning the earth, but something a man can make his own by a personal and willful act. Though we may dwell in a Christian society blessed by the shadow of a tree or affected by that leaven, that may not be enough... There must be a personal application of the blessing that we find in this wonderful, short teaching of our Lord. Notice that the man gave up all he had to acquire it. The 2nd parable about the costly pearl takes a slightly different spin. The operative term in the 1st parable is "hidden." The man stumbled upon the treasure and then did the right thing. In the parable of the costly pearl, the merchant was actively seeking fine pearls... "When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." I imagine that it was a determined and unrelenting search the man made for the treasure. "Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you... for everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matt.7:7-8). I am reminded of the the proverb that says this; "Buy the truth and do not sell it..." (Prov. 23:23). Lets all make sure that we see the bottom line of both these parables. Being in the kingdom opens untold treasure to us. Its all about seeking, finding and keeping... There is gold in them thar hills....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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