Rev. Kevin Parviz of Congregation Chai V’Shalom in St. Louis, Missouri joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 13:44-50.
What is the treasure? What is the field? What is this pearl? Who is the man and merchant? The kingdom of heaven is always God doing the action. We look at these parables by putting on our Christ-goggles to see that He was the man who found us, the treasure and pearl, protected us, and He bought us by going to the cross with joy. “Lord Jesus Christ, by Your joy on the cross You declared us a treasure and fine pearl of great value. Grant us a joyful spirit to live in our vocations in confidence to love as You first loved us. In Your name. Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Net
47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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