The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all the he had and bought it.
I used to think that the man who found the treasure and the merchant seeking fine pearls represent the people, the believers. When they found God (the treasure and the pearl), they give up everything to believe in and follow God.
After years of failing God, I realise that I can offer nothing to “buy” God. It was God that bought us by sending Jesus to be the atonement and ransom for our sin and to reconcile us to Himself.
This is how I understood the parables NOW:
The man and the merchant is actually God. He was the one who sold everything to obtain the land and therefore the right to the treasure. He was the merchant who sold everything to buy the pearl of great value.
What marvels me about this interpretation:
- God has to pay to obtain me. There is a price and he paid it. That price was Jesus. God sold EVERYTHING to buy me. This means that Jesus was everything to God. I sang in a contemporary Christian song that I do not know how much it costs God to save me. Actually I do if I read His word carefully. It costs him Jesus, his only begotten and beloved son.
I am described as treasure and pearls of great value by Jesus in these 2 parables. I look at myself and all I see are my faults and shortcomings. How can I be a treasure or pearls. Yet, that’s how God see me. Even before the redemption, He saw me precious.
What is the application of this knowledge for me in my daily life?
It is much easier to dwell on my faults and shortcomings. It is my fight of faith to believe Jesus who said that I am a treasure and a pearl of great value to God. Reality might try to prove otherwise, but faith is the conviction of things not seen.
So, my God is an extremely good God. He is unfairly good to me because I am the apple of His eye.