Discovering a Treasure

Chester Droog

READ : Matthew 13:44

A hired man, while plowing a field, unearths a chest of great value, sells what he owns, buys the field and claims the treasure. In that day robbery was common, governments collapsed, enemy soldiers raided homes and carried off anything of value, so that the wealthy often hid their valuables in their fields. Many times treasure was hid for years, and the ownership of the land changed hands numerous times, before the treasure was found. Don’t let the fact that the finder hid the treasure until he owned the land, concern you. The parable has nothing to do with the ethics of purchasing the land after finding the treasure. That was common practice in that day. The point is that the man made the discovery, recognized the value of what he had found and did what he had to do to make it his own.

A few years ago I received a letter from a man who had picked up a Words of Hope devotional guide from a tract rack in a restaurant in Wisconsin. As he read the booklet, the Holy Spirit opened his eyes to the value of the new life in Christ Jesus. He wrote to share his happiness at finding the treasure. May others reading these words discover the King, Jesus Christ, recognize His worth and claim Him for their own.


Holy Spirit, open my eyes to the infinite worth of Jesus as Savior and Lord. Amen.