the treasure and pearl parables

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INTRODUCTION

Today Sunday Mt 13,44-52 is read. It is about three parables of the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of God): 

  1. Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field,
  2. the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls
  3. the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet

The first two parables look to be more cryptic than those of the what and the grain of mustard I wrote about last Sunday.

But in the light of the mustard grain parable, I found what the Kindom of Heaven’s treasures and pearls could be.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Matthew 13:44-52 says:

13:44 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
13:45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls,
13:46who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
13:47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,
13:48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.
13:49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
13:50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”
13:51 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They answered him, “Yes, Lord.”
13:52 He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been made a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things.”

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The message

I interpret Jesus’ parables according to my Confirmation and judgment bias. I base my prejudices on Jesus’ teaching of love and my studying of the Creation.

13:44 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

the Universe is the Kingdom of God.

“sells all that he has, and buys that field.” is like” loving he field”

Our planet has a lot of hidden treasures like oil, gas, precious metals, salt. Wee must take well care of these.

As I understood the parable of the mustard seed, the Universe is the Kingdom of God. if we “buy the field” or “love the field/Universe) / the Creation 

13:45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, 
13:46 who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

This one is another version of the treasure parable. Again I believe it is a parable about loving the creation and its treasures/pearls.

13:47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind,
13:48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach.
They sat down and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.
13:49 So will it be in the end of the world.

This last parable is obvious as Jesus said. The question is what the good and bad are. Obviously Christians interpret it as being good are those believing in God. God is a loving and all-knowing God. So indigenous in eg the Brasilian forest can not be regarded the same way even though some priests may have told them about Jesus. The most important is that they behave as good people loving their next and the creation with its plants and animals.

Jesus taught love. 

Christian hypocrites.

Many Christian behave like hypocrites. They go to church only to show themselves up as good Christians.

Animists, shamanists, Atheists, Buddhists, Taoists, Zoroastrians, Muslims may be better loving their next and the Creation than some Christians.

A Muslim in Sweden said to me once that some Swedes are better Muslims than many Muslims. 

I belive that Animists, shamanists, Atheists, Buddhists, Taoists, Zoroastrians, Muslims will be regarded the same way by a loving God. at the “end of the world”. God is not a deity discriminating nor having a chosen people.

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conclusion

I have found support in the first two parables o the treasure and pearl, for us to love the Creation with its hidden resources (oil, salt and other) as well animal, plants, seas and woods and take good care of these.

I wrote some time ago an article in Italian about loving the Creation in www.kireus.com/wordpress/lipari.


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