If you ever wonder what it’s the parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl’s summary, reading this article you will find it.
In Matthew, the Lord gives two parables similar in purpose, namely, He compares the Kingdom of heaven to treasure hidden in a field, which a man found, hid; and for his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
Then again, he compares Paradise to a shipper seeking beautiful pearls; and finding a pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Most of the parables spoken by Jesus Christ refer to the Kingdom of God and how we can get there. Since dealing with such a subject is quite sensitive. For a fuller understanding, the Saviour spoke to the crowds in parables. The Lord Christ can reach the heart of each one. He has for each man means of wisdom, of enlightenment of the mind. But it is important that we also want to understand what the Saviour offers us. Both the parable of the treasure hidden in the basket and the parable of the net that gathers all kinds of fish are representations of how God works in the world.
Hidden treasures in the Bible
From His hand come His divine words, which are scattered to the four corners of the earth. Meant to reach every soul in this world. All those who wish to become heirs of His eternity receive His divine words. And also strive to make them work in their daily lives. In every man, God has hidden a treasure.
Nowadays, wealth and poverty are constantly updated realities, and the inequality of wealth distribution is growing. With the economy dominated by money and not by production, money becomes the main yardstick, and the love of money becomes everyone’s passion. Being associated with the selling out of Christ, the love of money is called by Paul the root of all evil. Money takes on metaphysical dimensions in human life and becomes the god mammon, who opposes God.
The view that money has only economic and social importance, without moral implications, is wrong. A Christian author pointed out that money gives the illusion that it possesses many of the characteristics of a deity. It seems to offer security, it gives us freedom, it gives us power and it seems to be omnipresent. And the most sinister thing is that it gives man the illusion that he is all-powerful. Money comes to claim the loyalty and love that only God deserves and has the power to trap us.
Divine command theory
The divine commandments represent a meeting place with God. The fact that the Saviour calls the rich young man to sell all his possessions and follow him shows that Jesus Christ is the end of the commandments. The rich young man was to understand the commandments Which he claimed to keep, as paths to meeting God. Following Christ is the natural consequence of traveling the path of the commandments. Outward observance of the commandments does not lead to an encounter with God. The rich young man meets the Son of God. But in spirit, he is far away, and therefore cannot follow Him.
The globalization of money and the exploitation of the weak leads to the further impoverishment of the already poor and the acceleration of the accumulation of wealth by the richest. It also increases people’s tendency to seek easy gain in any form. In this idolatrous register, where success is measured in terms of money and possessions, the unscrupulousness of our age allows us to resort to injustice, deceit, violence, murder, complicity, and immorality.
Divine truth meaning
As divine words, the commandments are therefore the place of man’s encounter with divine reality, the place of tasting the divine Truth. Through the divine commandments, man tastes divine joy, unlike human principles and laws which, lacking any real support, become artificial. The commandments are not only to be encountered, but they are to be contemplated and pondered by man in his capacity as the image of God. Fulfilling the commandments is always followed by knowing God. Doing and knowing are inseparable.
The Holy Fathers have repeatedly shown that the divine commandments must not be reduced to purely moral phenomena. Gregory Palamas shows that the work of the commandments leads to union and likeness with God. By keeping the commandments in daily life, a man comes to contemplate the divine commandments in creation (divine reasons) and to see the very Glory of God. Contemplation of the divine commandments is “the feast of the spiritual gaze. Which reveals and enlightens, ennobles, and nourishes in an understanding way all those who through purity. Of heart spend themselves in it in an understanding, or rather spiritual, the way”. Whoever does not live in the spirit of God’s commandments dwells in a false world, in a pseudo-reality, which makes people insubstantial.
What is the meaning of salvation?
Salvation is the exclusive gift of God, and the virtues polish the soul so that it may receive the mystical grace of divinity. Salvation cannot be seen as a reward for the asceticism of our soul and body. Asceticism as a need places man in the gift of God. If it is merit due to us, then it can no longer be the exclusive gift of God, but the gift of the good done. The logic of the gift is this: you receive something that you feel is beyond your powers and merits. The gift surprises you because you don’t deserve it. The gift is yours because it is a reward for your efforts. Salvation is a process of becoming inward, of putting on grace, and overcoming all the weaknesses of human nature.
He who finds treasure must also produce good deeds
Treasures are clean if people have buried them with a clean mind: whoever finds them should use them, but also do good deeds. Other treasures are unclean because their owners preferred to give them to the unclean rather than let others take them. Those are of no use.
If you ask them, wise people will tell you that the real treasures are love, family and health, wisdom, kindness, humanity, generosity. Helping a man in trouble. Saying a kind word to a troubled man, learning to forgive and ask for forgiveness in turn. These are treasures that everyone has at hand! Take care of your soul and never forget to act like a child of God!