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Oct 17, 2021

The Hidden Treasure, the Pearl Merchant, the Fishing Net and the Householder

The Hidden Treasure, the Pearl Merchant, the Fishing Net and the Householder

Passage: Matthew 13:44-53

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

As chapter 13 winds down Jesus teaches his disciples through four different parables what the kingdom of heaven will look like between his first and second coming. Our Lord does not go into great detail about the first two parables which are paired and make the same essential point that the kingdom is of surpassing value and our securing a place in God’s kingdom should therefore be our highest priority. The third parable, the Parable of the Net, is very similar to the Parable of the Weeds in that it emphasizes separation and judgment. In the Parable of the Weeds Jesus focuses in on the here and now. In trying to root out evil, represented by the weeds, we can damage the good grain. The distinction between them is not immediately apparent and, for a time, the counterfeit disciple exists alongside the disciple of genuine faith. The Parable of the Net is not focused on the here and now, but rather on the apocalyptic end of the age where the angels separate the good and the bad fish in much the same way that Jesus describes the Separation of the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25. Both the Parable of the Weeds and the net include a sobering description of eternal conscious punishment of Hell. The fourth parable, the Householder, contains a rare positive use of the word scribe. This parable, addressed to the disciples, not the crowd, reminds them of their role as Israel’s new teachers and reminds them not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. They are not to despise the teaching that precedes them but rather interpret it properly through the lens of the new revelation they are receiving through Jesus.