Christ the Gracious Plowman

I have been spending an unduly amount of time pondering on this passage, so I thought I would give voice to it here on my “Ramblings” blog.

Matthew 13:44
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Perhaps the primary understanding of this passage coincides with the commentaries that explain it thusly:

Robert Hawker says:
The treasure may most probably be Christ, hid, in the field of the Scripture, from the wise and prudent, but revealed unto babes…gladly will a child of God then turn his back upon all the objects which might otherwise be desirable, in this waste and howling wilderness

BW Johnson has this to say:
The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hidden in the field. Valuables which, with us, are entrusted to banks, are in the East buried in fields and gardens to save them from robbers and accidents. This parable teaches the immense value, priceless, of the gospel; and that one who finds out that value will give up everything else in order to possess himself of the privileges and hopes of the kingdom

Alexander MacLeran
You may say that the treasure is the blessing that comes from Christianity, or the inward wealth of a submissive heart, or may use various modes of expression, but below them all lies this one great thought, that, when all is said and done, the only possession that makes us rich is God Himself. For that is the deepest meaning of the treasure. And whatever other forms of expression we may use to designate it, they all come back at last to this, that the wealth of the human soul is to have God for its very own.

And just one last one, Matthew Henry:
Jesus Christ is the true Treasure; in Him there is an abundance of all that which is rich and useful, and will be a portion for us: all fulness (Col. 1:19; Jn. 1:16): treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), of righteousness, grace, and peace; these are laid up for us in Christ. 

…this past week I’ve been struck with the uniqueness of Christ and His persistent love and constant work on our behalf…all gathered from this one-sentence parable about the kingdom of God. Perhaps not an interpretation, but rather a heart application:
  • What if we are the treasure?
  • What if Christ is seen as the finder of this treasure?
  • What if the field is simply our thorn-covered, weed-filled, flawed life?
  • What if the giving up of everything to secure this seemingly worthless piece of land was Him giving up heaven’s glory to get to the core of it?
To look only upon the surface of our fields and judge by that, we would not find much winsome or fruitful reasons enough to pay the extraordinary price, much less put forth the tireless effort to break up the fallow ground. No, this treasure was not hid in a garden enclosed or a spring shut up.

But for some reason, the field garnered His attention and labor. And so He put the plowshare to the ground, turning up the thistles and thorns when all of a sudden the mattock of His plow rings against a box of buried treasure…a heart that was made for Him!

God…giving up Heaven’s Best…for the property not even considered worthy of a spade or plow. And yet He looks on the heart, plods across this laid-waste plot of land enough times over and over to actually come across a treasure buried that He concludes…sell it all…I want this child to be Mine. She is precious, honored and…treasured!

Christ breaks up the fallow ground of our field to get to the buried treasure of our heart…He sold all to procure us!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Deborah Phillips on October 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Today we started our new Bible Study under Paige’s loving and apt leadership: Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You by Susan Larson. Perhaps you’ve read her book
    1,000 Gifts. Just wanted to tell you that we were off last week in between sessions and upon gathering for this fellowship today, many mentioned you, your warmth, strong love of Our Lord, and the progress of your great adventure. A reminder, Deb, that you are missed. You are in my prayers!


    • Posted by deblein on November 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Deborah, thanks for your encouragement! It has been a blessing to be on the road and have time to think, to listen to audio books and to enjoy creation. I’m in the Everglades presently but it is raining so I am staying inside and working on the computer. May the rest of 2014 be a blessing!


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