Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
Jesus wasn’t done. He had some parables for us.
“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.”
That’s easy. The price one is willing to pay in light of the great worth that is the kingdom of God.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
The merchant is rich and gave all his wealth for it. The pearl’s meaning is different in this parable. Rabbis compare the Torah to the pearl, Jesus is comparing the value of God’s kingdom to it.
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.”
Peter, John, and James smiled. This fit with their background as fishermen. “Dragnet. Pulled between two boats,” James said.
“When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” we replied. The kingdom of God is worth any cost to us. And in the end of days, the righteous and wicked will be divided, and the wicked will be thrown into torment. Jesus was drawing a line in the sand.
He said to us, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Interesting. You’d think the teachers of the law would be automatically admitted. I guess knowing isn’t enough. Those that follow Jesus can see where it all ties to the Law and the Prophets and explain it with great clarity.