Thursday, 11 February 2021
Title: Treasure Island
by Dr. Tho Lye Mun
Matthew 13 The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The novel “Treasure Island” was penned by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson in the 1880s narrating a tale of “buccaneers and buried gold”. It managed to capture the sense of adventure of the times when a curious world was opening up to land and sea travel for ordinary folk. In fact, every tale that has ever captured young boys (and girls) imagination throughout the ages commonly had elements of discovering great wealth and treasures, usually after battling evil forces and rescuing damsels in distress. Robin Hood, Aladdin, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and the list goes on. Even in contemporary movies and tv series catered for adults, across all languages and cultures, the pursuit of great wealth is an often used narrative inter-woven with comedy, romance and adventure. Why are we so hard-wired to think about this topic?
Bringing things right up to date, what if you were told 5 years ago to put all your money into investing in Bitcoin, for example. In fact, some people I knew did just that, they emptied their savings and even took loans. Today, their investment has multiplied 100 times. Just imagine never having to work again, ample time to pursue life at your own determined pace, financial security for family and loved ones.
In this parable, Jesus taps into our hard-wired desire to pursue treasure and great wealth (see also Matthew 6:19-21). Yes, I believe God put in us the desire to seek out that which is valuable and imperishable and the discernment to differentiate valueless from priceless items. Of course, living in a fallen world, Satan has directed these desires towards the material things of the world. God wants us to reorientate our hearts towards the imperishable treasures we have in heaven.
I believe, there are 3 points to be garnered from the story. First, the men whether they had inadvertently stumbled upon or were actively seeking the treasure, RECOGNISED the value of what they found. Some people have lived all their lives in spiritual dryness and loneliness apart from God that when they encounter with the living waters (John 4:14, John 6:19), immense love and forgiveness of Jesus they have an epiphany that this treasure is never to be given away.
Second, they were willing to sell all they had to buy this treasure. Did you see that? ALL they had. Whatever they owned were no match in value for this treasure. Sin, bad habits, money and big bank accounts, accolades, status, power are no match to the value of the Kingdom of God.
Third – he rejoiced! There is no greater joy in life than finding Jesus. Habakkuk 3:18 “yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
You are my treasure, Lord. The love You give me is worth more than gold. The forgiveness You bought me is worth more than diamonds. Thank you, Lord for giving me a new life in You.
经文：马太福音13: 44、45 藏宝于田与珍珠的比喻
1）这些无论是偶然发现，还是积极地寻到宝藏的人，他们都体会到这珍宝确实有它的价值，有些人一辈子过着远离上帝、孤独或灵性上干燥的生活，当他们遇到活水，（约翰福音4： 14 ，约翰福音6： 19 ）对耶稣无尽的爱和宽恕有所顿悟时，他们会对它珍而重之、永不放弃。
3）他很高兴！生命里没有比找到耶稣更大的快乐了！哈巴谷书3: 18 “然而，我要因耶和华欢欣， 因救我的上帝喜乐。”