The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like

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Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

America Is In A Bad Place

Two years of the Covid pandemic brought out the worst in Americans. We watched Americans take over city blocks, while politicians told the police to stand down. Racism, rampage, and rioting was out of control, while well meaning (I’m sure) people talked about “defunding” the police. An article in the publication “The Atlantic” said:

Bad behavior of all kinds —everything from rudeness and carelessness to physical violence—has increased … Americans are driving more recklessly, crashing their cars and killing pedestrians at higher rates. Early 2021 saw the highest number of “unruly passenger” incidents ever, according to the FAA.”

The American Medical Association issued a brief on May 12, 2022 that noted:

The nation’s drug overdose epidemic continues to change and become worse. The epidemic affects every state and now is driven by illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, methamphetamine, and cocaine, often in combination or in adulterated forms.”

What is going on in our country? Commentator Paul Harvey said a long time ago, “If America ever fails, it will be an inside job”. America is failing, and it is an inside job. We are doing it to ourselves. We are treasuring the wrong things, grasping at the wrong things. We as Americans need a new King.

We need Jesus.

When Jesus came into this world, He came from above. John the Baptist told us that Jesus is distinctly different from us. John said:

John 3:30-31 {Jesus} must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Jesus is the Messiah, God Who came from above. Jesus is The Son of God, and He came to call whosoever will into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus Came Emphasizing His Kingdom As A Treasure

Jesus is The King, and so it’s no surprise that He emphasizes His Kingdom. In the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) the “Kingdom” is referred to 121 times, most of those by Jesus. The word “Kingdom” is only used 25 times in the rest of the New Testament. The “Kingdom” was a major theme of our Lord’s earthly ministry. Jesus preached …

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure …

Word Study: The word translated “treasure” is the Greek θησαυρός thēsaurós, {pronounced thay-sow-ros’} – which means “a place where the greatest and most precious things are kept, the treasury or storehouse”. What is interesting about this word is that thēsaurós is where we get our word “Thesaurus”, which is a collection of words. The most valuable treasury in the world is not gold, silver, precious stones. It is not diamonds or rubies. It is not beauty, nor intelligence. It is not position or fame. The most valuable treasury in the world is words, and among the words that are valuable the most valuable Word is THE Word of God, the Bible.

The Bible is a treasury because is shows us the One Who came from above. The Bible is the greatest treasury because it leads us into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Kingdom of Heaven itself is a Treasure – that’s what Jesus said. When people hear about “Heaven”, they think of another place far from here. Heaven is where we will get the Mansion Jesus promised us (John 14:2-3). We are exuberant when we sing about Heaven:

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His Grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

The “Kingdom of Heaven” is not something over yonder. Jesus said:

Matthew 13:44 … the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field

The Kingdom of Heaven is hid in a field. Well now, when we think of Heaven we thing of “up there”, not in a field. You see, Jesus used the phrase kingdom of heaven, but He also called that place the “Kingdom of God”. You see this in:

Matthew 19:23-24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

The “Kingdom of Heaven” and the “Kingdom of God” are virtually the same thing. These phrases do not refer to a PLACE, but to a STATE OF BEING. Jesus is the King of Heaven, and He is calling whosoever will to walk with Him in His Kingdom.

Pastor John Piper writes, “The kingdom of God is … the saving reign of God. It is the saving reign of God that is partly present and partly future. And it is the present and future saving reign of God and of Christ.”

We enter the Kingdom of Heaven, also known as the Kingdom of God, by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When John the Baptist, the Herald of Christ, was arrested and imprisoned by King Herod, Jesus began preaching:

Mark 1:15 (ESV) … “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel”.

The gospel or the good news of God is that the Lord loves us. He loved us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son to this earth. Jesus came and showed us the life God expects us to live in HIMSELF. Then God promised us that – if we repent, that is STOP TRYING TO BE OUR OWN GODS, and turn to Jesus Christ, believing He is both Savior and Lord – then we are made part of the Kingdom of God. The miracles that Jesus did proved He is the One and Only Savior, the King of Heaven. Jesus said:

Luke 11:20 (ESV) … if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

In Every Age There Has Been A Battle
Between The Kingdoms

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field

Word Study: When Jesus Christ came from Heaven to this earth, it was (and is) with the intent of building HIS KINGDOM in the now. Yet the Devil battles against Jesus. The treasure” is “hid in a field. The word translated hid is interesting, as it is the Greek κρύπτω krýptō, {pronounced kroop’-to}, from which we get our English word “Crypto”. The word krýptō means “to hide, to encode, to conceal”. This is what the devil does with Jesus’ Gospel. The Bible says that the devil is …

Revelation 12:9 … the deceiver of the whole world …

Word Study: The verb that God uses the describe that fallen Angel Lucifer is the Greek πλανάω planáō, {pronounced plan-ah’-o}, which means “to cause to stray, to lead astray, to lead from the right pathway, to wander away, to be led into error or from the path of righteousness”. The devil has learned how to be a master of disguise.

2 Corinthians 11:14 … Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light ..

The devil has been excellent at concealing darkness by making it look like light. To the addict, that drug or alcohol looks like a treasure. To the lonely, that sexual liaison looks beautiful. The most beautiful snakes and reptiles are filled with the deadliest poisons. As Satan “beguiled or tricked Eve through his slyness”, he today confuses and hypnotizes sincere people into putting their hopes and dreams into spiritual black holes.

The Pharisees, rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, clung to the rituals of religion. Jesus was blunt when He told them:

John 8:43-44 (ESV) … Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.

If you are in the Kingdom of God/Heaven, then your heart is attuned to:

  1. Loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV). You love God with your ALL because He, in love with you, has saved you from eternal punishment, and walks with you daily while on this earth. You are in the Kingdom of God NOW, and will one day be translated into the Kingdom of Heaven. Praise Him! Praise Jesus!
  2. Loving your neighbor as yourself”, and beyond this Loving one another as Jesus Christ loves us” (John 13:34; 15:12, ESV). The person who lives under the direction of King Jesus are to “bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). We who are saved want to “imitate God, as dear children” (Ephesians 5:1).

In the Kingdom of Heaven, your “preferred pronoun” of “I” is ALWAYS in the lower case (“i”)

This is absolutely contrary to where the devil wants you to be. The devil says, “If you put yourself FIRST above all others, you will be most happy”. No, no. When you put yourself first, you will end up miserable. If you put Jesus first, and submit to His rule, you will discover Heaven on earth! The Scripture illustrates this when it compares following Satan to death, whereas following Christ is life. Read with me:

Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV) … you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Those who put themselves first are sons of disobedience and children of wrath. God wants us to be sons of God and children of Heaven. But so many more want to be their own god. This explains the madness we see in our America today. Satan is crafty. Satan knows that sin enslaves. Satan even blinded the theologically conservative Pharisees so they could not see Jesus as the Messiah. Our Lord told them:

John 8:47 (ESV) Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.

Jesus said, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). What is truth? It is God’s Word, without compromise or embellishment. Jesus prayed for His Church before going to the Cross, saying, “Sanctify or set Your People apart from the world by giving them truth; Your Word, O God, is truth” (my paraphrase of John 17:17).

Though Satan is the strong man who deceives the whole world, our Lord Jesus is much stronger. The Bible says:

1 John 3:8 (ESV) Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus did not come to this earth to enable the devil, nor to cloak sin in religious garb. Jesus came to defeat the selfishness and egocentric ways of Lucifer. Those who follow the ways of Satan, rejecting the Word of God, will eventually will destroy themselves. Again we read:

Hebrews 2:14-15 (ESV) Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, {Jesus} himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

To Be In Jesus’ Kingdom Is To Have Joy Unspeakable,
And Full Of Glory!

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth

When the man in this parable found the Kingdom of Heaven, he had JOY. Jesus restates the parable this way:

Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

We are – truthfully – all like this “merchant man”. We are “seeking goodly pearls”, and in the course of “seeking goodly pearls” we often fall into Satan’s fake pearls. When I was in Korea, the black marketers would often take a “good” bottle of whiskey, drill a small hole in the bottom of the bottle, then drain out the “good” whiskey. They would then replace it with wood alcohol, which can not only blind you, but can kill you. Satan’s ways are destructive, no matter how good they appear. Let us seek the Lord Jesus. It is the Lord Who …

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) … has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart …

All things were made by Him, and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). Jesus Christ is that “Pearl of Great Price”.

Illustrate: I love the music of Brooks and Dunn. They sing one song called “Believe”. Part of the song says this:

I can’t quote the book
The chapter or the verse
You can’t tell me it all ends
In a slow ride in a hearse
You know I’m more and more convinced
The longer that I live
This can’t be (no, this can’t be),
No, this can’t be all there is.
Lord, I raise my hands
And bow my head,
I’m finding’ more and more truth
In the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life
Than just what I can see, I believe.

God has written in every person’s heart the need for Him. Life is incomplete until we have Jesus in our lives. Jesus’ rule, His Kingdom, is a Pearl of Great Price.

Why Is Jesus’ Kingdom A “Pearl Of Great Price”?

When you repent, and give your life to Jesus, you begin to really live. Jesus said that – if we both hear and do the things that He said, then our lives will be like a House upon a Rock:

Luke 6:48 (ESV) … when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

Our God is the Rock” (Deuteronomy 32:4). The Lord is King over His people. The Lord is “our Shepherd, we shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters”. God is faithful to His people. He cares for us. Jesus Christ gave the most for us on the Cross of Calvary – will He give nothing to us now? What can you do to be saved? You believe in King Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

We are saved by “confessing with the mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9-10). But once we are saved, God is our God, our Father, the Head of our lives. We give ourselves to the Lord, and He gives Himself to us. God works in His Children, works in His Kingdom. The Scripture says:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We are the workmanship of God. As God, the Lord takes hold of our lives. Though we may go through dark times, no matter what we go through is because God has ordained it for our good.

  • When Job lost everything of earthly value, his wife told him to “curse God and die”. But Job replied, “The LORD gave and the LORD hath taken away, blessed be the name of the LORD”. Job knew that the setbacks of this life are nothing compared to what he has in Christ. The Apostle said, “all things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21). Though we go through bad spots, the “Kingdom is the Lord’s: and He is the Governor among the nations” (Psalm 22:28).
  • When Eli the Priest was tried, he cried out “It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth good” (1 Samuel 3:18). Our God is good and faithful, but also all powerful. What He chooses to do is always for our best.
  • When King David was tried, he hushed his spirit by reminding himself that God Who is good allowed it. “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because Thou {O Lord} did it” (Psalm 39:9).
  • King Hezekiah kissed adversity, trusting in the goodness and omnipotence of God. “Good is the Word of the LORD which Thou hast spoken” (Isaiah 39:8).

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Come to Jesus. Hear His call to you today. Jesus said:

John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

It does not matter who you are – regardless of reputation, riches, refinement, religion you must receive Jesus in order to receive the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The commentary “Got Questions” notes:

Jesus spoke of Himself as the only way to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as the object of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the Gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the Bread of life (John 6:35); and the Resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can rightly claim those titles.”

The Apostle Peter preached to the Jewish Ruling Council (the Sanhedrin):

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

The Apostle Paul told the Synagogue at Antioch:

Acts 13:38-39 I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin.

Give yourself to Jesus today. What did the man in Jesus’ parable do? He …

Matthew 13:44, 46 … selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. … 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Give Jesus all that you have. Give Him all your idols, all your life. Put yourself in His hands, and believe He can save you. He not only can, but will. Will you hear His Voice, and run to Christ today? May God the Holy Spirit guide you to do so without delay. Amen and Amen!

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