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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.


Jesus now offered the parable of the hidden treasure to His disciples, sitting in a house in Capernaum (13:44). This fifth parable and the next demonstrate that there would be two kinds of righteous subjects in the interim present kingdom:

Believing Jews before the church economy

Believing Jews and Gentiles during the present economy


Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure

The “hidden treasure” refers to the godly remnant of Israel during the earthly ministry of Jesus and to believers throughout the interim present kingdom until the Second Coming. Some have interpreted the “treasure” as being Christ, but this rips the meaning out of the context of all previous parables. In addition to this fact, beginning at 13:36 Jesus spoke not to the world but to His disciples.

hidden in a field,

The godly remnant of Israel has been scattered throughout the world during the interim present kingdom.

which a man found and hid;

The “man” here is Jesus. He will find the believing remnant throughout the world at His Second Coming.

and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Christ gave everything He had to purchase the world (field). As owner He holds the right of redemption. At His Second Coming Jesus will claim His right over the believing remnant.


Jesus values His kingdom as a treasure.


God will one day restore the nation Israel as a nation on earth. Christians will join Israel in the kingdom after the Second Coming. Jesus loves all believers, carnal or spiritual. He loves us on the basis of His own love and not on our character. He loves from His own character. We are His treasure that He purchased with His own blood.

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”Mt 20:28