The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again. In his joy, he goes away and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Good Monday Morning to this week 43 of 2019
The opposite of being lost could be: found, located, situated, here, present
in, owned, retained, there, adequate, enough, sufficient, accounted for, at hand
Last week we looked at secrets hidden in scripture and discovered the chiasms found in many texts. Lost and found are concepts and words also very often mentioned. The world “found” is quite popular in the KJV, with it being mentioned 470 times.
In this parable, we could speak of the “being lost” or the “being found”.
There is a man, and there is a field, these two things are immediately recognizable. Where could this lead us? The man in these parables … Jesus himself. And the field, the world of humanity, the human race, all of society. With these clues, a key to this first parable is opened. Jesus came, found a treasure hidden in humanity. Something was hidden, lost in the human race, but to then be uncovered it. And then he did an amazing thing and covered it up again, buried it again. Then he went and gave all that he had and bought that field of humanity. The purpose is not lost, the treasure is not lost. It was found, unveiled and hidden again. God emptied himself, being equal with God, he didn’t keep the treasure but gave all he had as he walked the mystery of darkness before being found again. A treasure was uncovered for a brief time the secret revealed but then hid again. And then he went and gave all that he had and bought the field in which it is hidden. Here we see the narrative to the story unfolding. The owner of the land now becomes the owner of the veiled or hidden treasure. The owner is now in control. He bought the field in order that someday he might use that treasure. This treasure is now hidden or “Lost in reality”, hidden in the now, in today.
Later Jesus drives this point home with his statement in John: “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one”. Hidden yet revealed, the perspective of the interrelationship between, this age, our reality, the coming age and the interplay of the various elements in our lives.
To find love you must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God. Thomas Merton.
Wishing you a wonderful week, being present, located in the field of the hidden treasure, with the field already in the hands of the eternal owner.