Notes: September 3, 2009

The “Hidden” Parables

Each of these stories is about an unseen object or quality. We don’t need to look too hard to see the valuable lessons that Jesus taught…

The Hidden Leaven (Matthew 13:33-35)

  • Anyone who has ever baked understands how leaven seems so insignificant, but also how necessary it is to the process. The finished product is much, much larger than it ever could be without the catalyst. What is the secret ingredient in the kingdom of heaven?

The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)

  • Who hasn’t dreamed of finding buried treasure? Are you willing to part with all your worldly possessions that you might own a piece of heaven?

The Hidden Bargain (Matthew 13:45-46)

  • Like the man who found buried treasure, this merchant discovers a choice pearl. His business was pearls. He was looking for quality merchandise. And when he found the object of his search, he determined that he must add it to his inventory. Would you recognize the most valuable pearl that God has to offer?

The Hidden Harvest (Matthew 13:47-50)

  • When the gospel net goes out, not everyone is carried along in it. And not everyone who is carried along in it is kept eternally. Like it or not, the end of the world will be a time of separating the good from the bad, the just from the wicked.

The Hidden Truth (Matthew 13:51-53)

  • What’s in your bag? Do you have something old and proven? Do you have something new and exciting?