THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS A TREASURE
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS EXQUISITE
Jesus is not interested in religious efforts or in affirming that one can “buy” the kingdom; on the contrary, he is saying that the person whose whole life has been bound up with “pearls”—the entire religious heritage of the Jews?—will, on comprehending the true value of the kingdom as Jesus presents it, gladly exchange all else to follow him.
Kingdom Truths (Taken from John MacArthur’s book Parables; pg. 48-53).
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BRINGS JUDGMENT
THE CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM SHARE THEIR TREASURE
Scribes were “teachers of the Scriptures.” If they are likened to the owner of a house who brings treasures out of his storeroom, the further implication is unavoidable—they are not bringing forth things new and old for purely private or personal reasons but in their capacity as teachers. Jesus’ disciples claim they have understood what he has been teaching. “Therefore,” he responds, discipled teachers of the Scriptures, if they have understood, must themselves bring out of their storeroom the treasures now theirs so as to teach others (cf. Trotter).