What is the kingdom of heaven like? Who will explain it to me?
Great questions! Jesus provides answers to both!
Question #1 – What is the kingdom of heaven like?
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it (Mt. 13:44-47).
The kingdom of heaven is a treasure, something of great value. Have you ever wondered why that is so?
Question #2 – Who will explain it to me?
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old'” (Mt. 13:52).
When you meditate upon that verse, does anyone’s name come to mind? I immediately thought of the Apostle Paul. He was a Jewish scholar who became a disciple of Jesus. The rest of his life was spent in bringing out treasure from both new and old! In a sense, cannot the same be said of every faithful pastor and theologian? They are convinced that what they possess in Christ is indeed a treasure. Now they devote their efforts to explaining the treasure from the New (New Covenant/New Testament) and from the Old (Old covenant/Old Testament). They joyfully proclaim to us that surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil. 3) and that the treasures of Christ can be mined from Genesis to Revelation.
If you have a faithful pastor, would you take a moment and thank God for them. Not every sheep is so blessed. And pray for their continued faithfulness. Pray that others around them might ensure that the majority of their time is spent in prayer and the ministry of the Word (see Acts, chapter six).
Finally–please allow to meddle. Have you found Christ to be a treasure? Have you mined His treasures in the Scriptures? Have you come to the place in your life where the honest cry of your heart is: All things are rubbish compared to Jesus? The kingdom of heaven is incredibly valuable because the King of the kingdom is priceless! Spend time this week getting to know Him!
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8)!