I'm not really sure what he was trying to say here
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I am having a problem with this parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matt. 13. Say what, Jesus? Every now and then could you not be so concise? What does that even mean? Why is the person in someone else's field? What treasure could be buried there pre-1 A.D. that isn't, you know, like the clay shards that archaeologists find all the time? What was buried in Jerusalem at that time of any value? Why are we buying the kingdom? That seems to go against all kinds of teachings. He got the selling everything he has part and then all of the sudden we're left with a profit and then purchasing the field and that's not buying the kingdom? Where is Jesus getting this stuff? And then the best part, after he tells 6 parables in a row, "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." Great. All of the scribes of yore got it. And I'm left without a clue as to what my Savior was talking about. Any ideas?