Parable #16. Hidden Treasure (Kingdom of Heaven):
- Today is Day #16
- The Sixteenth Mashal of Messiah
- Twenty-one Observations
Today is Day #16:
1. Today is “Day #16” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is sixteen days which are two weeks and two days of the Omer.
.היום ששה עשר יום, שהם שני שבועות ושני ימים בעומר
Haiyom shishah asar yom, shehaym shnay shavuot ushnay yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Sixteenth Mashal of Messiah:
עוֹד דּוֹמָה מַלְכוּת הַשָׁמַיִם לְאוֹצָר טָמוּן בַּשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר מְצָאוֹ אִישׁ וַיִּטְמְנֵהוּ וּבְשִׂמְחָתוֹ יֵלֵךְ וּמָכַר אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וְקָנָה אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶה הַהוּא׃
“The kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a treasure that a man found stashed in a field. He stashed it again, then joyfully went and sold everything he had and bought that field.”
Observation #1. In the previous teaching of the Mashiach, who is the Head of the Assembly (Rosh Ha’edah) and Heir of All Things (Nachalah Vako), we learned to define treasure as being “rich toward Adonai.” We discovered that the early Assembly of Israel was required (on the whole) to become poor in material things so that they might become rich toward Adonai.
Observation #2. In the earliest stage of the Kingdom of Heaven the few wealthy followers of Messiah were seen as being the ‘tested ones.’ They were required to use their wealth wisely, so as to meet the material needs of the other members of their Israeli ‘family’ (ישראלים – Yiśraʾelim). The rich were allocated their riches by Adonai for the common good. Therefore, from everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to him whom Adonai entrusts much, of him He will demand all the more.
Observation #3. If the rich believers failed to be good stewards of the material wealth that was entrusted to them by the Holy One, then their works would be burned up on the Day of Judgment. These insufficient works would be identified as wood, hay, and straw (עֵץ אוֹ חָצִיר אוֹ קַשׁ) and would not survive the scrutiny of the fiery judgment of Adonai. The fire itself will test the quality of each person’s work (וְהָאֵשׁ תִּבְחַן אֶת מַעֲשֵׂהוּ שֶׁל כָּל אִישׁ וָאִישׁ). If the rich believers succeeded in being good stewards of the material wealth that was entrusted to them, then their good works would not be burned up. The good works (עוֹשֵׂי הַטּוֹב) would pass on through the fire and become an eternal reward (לִתְקוּמָה שֶׁל חַיִּים-to a resurrection of life) for them in the life to come.
Observation #4. One day the Kingdom of Heaven will mature to such a great degree that the entire world will be brought under its influence. However, that day has not come yet. That day will not come until two additional events occur: first, the Jewish people of the Nation of Israel must come to believe in the Besorah (Good News) of the Word of Messiah; and second, the Messiah Ben David must return from heaven to restore Israel to the fulfillment of all the Promises of Adonai. Then will all the nations and peoples of the entire world become joined to our people (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; i.e. the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and our nation of Israel.
This new Israel (modern Israel) will not just be a single nation but a commonwealth of all of the nations of the world.
Observation #5. All of the nations of the world will be required to pledge their loyalty to the Messiah whom they will serve as the King of kings, and Lord of lords. The Administrator (Head Servant) of the New Israel will be the Spirit of the Holy One. In that day the Holy Spirit will be recognized as the Adonai of All!
Observation #6. The Treasure that is “hidden in the field of the world that a Man found and hid again; and from joy over it He goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” is:
The Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
This Kingdom of Heaven (מַלְכוּת שָׁמַיִם – malchūt shāmayim) is being built by Adonai upon the foundation of the treasure of the Jewish people. In the past two millennia to the present day there has been a partial (temporary) hardening of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (that will one day, I pray soon, be removed) toward our Divinely assigned role as the chosen people of the Holy One. During this period of time the Gentiles have been grafted into the Olive Tree (the sovereign regenerating-maturing-perfecting works of the Holy Spirit) so that the Holy One (in the future) might be worshiped by all of the nations and peoples of the world.
Observation #7. So, if Adonai owns the entire earth (the “field”) and all of the people that dwell therein, then why does the Sixteenth Parable of Messiah indicate that this world, its people and all its contents must be “purchased”by the Man (who is rich in Adonai) so that He might take into His own possession all of the hidden treasure (Israel)? Why doesn’t the Almighty just give the nation of Israel and for that matter all of the nations of the world to the Good Businessman-Steward, the Man (the Messiah) who is rich in Adonai?
Observation #8. The answer to the previous question: We know that the whole World (System) is under the control of the evil one. The entire human race came under the control (stewardship) of the Serpent when the first Adam Ben Elohim failed to obey His Father in heaven and instead, chose to obey the word (false-teaching) of the evil one.
Observation #10. The evil one used the fall of Adam (when he-Adam disobeyed Abba Avinu) to wrestle away from Adam his legal stewardship over the earth and mankind. This was a temporary tactic employed by the evil one to delay his being judged by the Holy One for sins he had (already) committed.
Observation #11. The only way for all the children of Adam to be liberated from this state of perpetual enslavement to the evil steward was for the Son of Man to appear as the Redeemer of Israel and of all Mankind. Messiah was the New and Last Adam (HaAdam Ha-acharon) who would through His own redemptive sacrifice pay in full the universal debt of sin that the evil one used to enslave humankind. For Messiah to deliver all of humanity from sin unto righteousness He had to first universally deliver the whole of Mankind (purchase the entire field) from sin unto righteousness (i.e. redeem the entire world).
Observation #12. Therefore, once the debt had been paid for humankind universally, the Son of Man was able to take back by force of payment the lost estate of Mankind generally and the nation and people of Israel specifically. In other words the certificate of debt was cancelled when it was paid in full (i.e. our redemption was made complete, “finished” – “נִשְׁלַם“).
Observation #13. No longer is Satan in a position to subordinate through legal means the nation and people of Israel, the adopted (National) Son of Adonai or the enslaved Gentile sons of Adam (the human race). What overcomes the legal powers of the old order? It is our faith in the Messiah whom Adonai sent that overcomes the world.
Observation #14. Messiah Yeshua is the Mediator (1, 2, 3) of a New Covenant (Brit Chadashah). Messiah is our (Israel’s) Melitz Echad (וְאֶחָד הַמְתַוֵּךְ-One Mediator) in this New Covenant. The Brit Chadashah possesses the power to liberate the people of Israel from living in bondage to the evil world system that is controlled by Satan. Adonai recognizes the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) that was set up by Messiah our Redeemer (HaGo’el). He is the One that Moses promised would be the New Moses, our Deliverer (HaPalat) to come (Hu Haba’).
Observation #15. Therefore, by His universal redemption the Messiah is able to purchase the Treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven that is hidden within the field of the whole earth. Under the New Order of Adonai, the Messiah has purchased freedom for Israel to be liberated (1, 2, 3, 4) under the old order that is passing away. Messiah has fulfilled all the requirements of the Law of Moses, so that His people might be liberated from the bondage of living under the old Law of sin and death, so that now we might live in complete freedom as His children under the new Law of the Spirit of Grace and Truth (chesed/chen v’ emet). Israel is Adonai’s “treasured possession.” Israel is a corporate body. What happens to one member of the family affects all the members of the family. Messiah Ben Joseph has set at liberty His family and in so doing He has set His people free sufficient to one day rule with Him over all of the world (1, 2:): “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine.”
“For Adonai has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own special treasure.”
Observation #16. The Treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of those children of Israel past, present, and future who have sincerely put their trust in the promises that Adonai passed on to them through the faith of our fathers. All of the promises given to the fathers are to be fulfilled through the first and second appearances of the New Moses who is Messiah our Redeemer (HaGo’el).
Throughout the Scriptures it is has repeatedly been prophesied that through exercising faith in the Messiah the nation and people of Israel will receive forgiveness of sin (national atonement) and the Gift of the Father which is the Indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. When all Israel is Indwelt with the treasured Presence of the Holy One then truly all Israel will truly become Adonai’s own special treasure.
Observation #17. Only through the children of Israel exercising sincere faith in the Word of Messiah and receiving national atonement and the Gift of the Spirit of Grace and Truth will all of the promises of the fathers be rediscovered and claimed. Israel has yet to avail itself of this great opportunity and this has delayed not only the national salvation of Israel but it has delayed the coming of the world-wide rule of the messianic kingdom.
In the meanwhile, while we wait for the salvation of Israel, the Holy Spirit has gathered together from all the nations and peoples of the world (Yehudim, Jews and Gentiles, Goyim together) an international remnant of believers who are already following the Messiah. At the present time this international remnant is functioning as Messiah’s ambassadors to the world.
Observation #18. This Master Plan of the Spirit of the Holy One, of gathering together an international remnant to bear witness to the Messiah and His coming international kingdom rule, was originally written into the Tanakh in the form of a “mystery” that was not revealed until the Messiah spoke it in the form of parables to His disciples.
Observation #19. This revelation of the testimony and coming international rule of Messiah and the explanation of all the deep meanings and mysteries of the Scriptures (haSodim) are found in the writings of the Brit HaChadashah (the New Covenant).
Observation #20. Included in the Brit HaChadashah (which was entirely written by Yehudim, Jews) is a thorough and complete explanation of: where in the Scriptures all of the promises to Israel are located; what their exact meanings are; and how the children of Israel can claim all of the the promises of Adonai so that we might usher in the rule of the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth. The Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) also includes a series of prophetic writings that can help us successfully navigate through the very difficult challenges we are presently facing today.
Observation #21. Now, as in ages past, the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven that have been hidden for so long are once again being revealed to the treasured nation and people of Israel.
A. In a state of war where is the safest place to hide your treasure? In ancient days the safest place to hide your treasure, in a time of battle, was under the ground in one’s garden. Israel in ancient times (and even today) has had the distinction of being the most fought over piece of real estate in the world.
B. During times of national conflict within and without the ancient land of Israel it was common practice for the people to hide their valuables under the ground. This they did in the hope that once the period of violence and hostility had ended—when the enemy who had possessed their land left—then those citizens of the land who hid their valuables could return to their hiding places and reclaim their treasures. Israel, who is the special treasure of Adonai is now back in the Promised Land. Through faith in the Messiah (who is Rich in Adonai) the people of Israel have the right and the power to reclaim their national treasure. What is the treasure that was first given to our fathers and by right of inheritance now belongs to us? Or put another way: “What is the treasure (that is not the land itself but a separate treasure) that exclusively belongs to the Messiah and our people (Am Israel)?”
C. The Son of Man is the Messiah of the whole world but at the first He has always been and always will be the Rabbi of all rabbis. Messiah is the Head of the Jewish people and of all of the human race. The Man in the Center of the Sixteenth Mashal is the Promised One. He is the New Moses. The redemptive mission of the Deliverer of Israel will only be complete after “His Chosen People” have both physically returned to the Promised Land and reclaimed the treasure in the field that was first promised to us by the Holy One through our fathers.
D. What is that hidden Treasure that was given to the fathers of Israel that we ‘their’ 21st century physical descendants have yet to rediscover? It is the everlasting Treasure of the Word of the Holy One. It is all the “Promises of Adonai” given to the fathers of Israel that has been temporarily forgotten and must now be remembered. The treasure hidden in the ground is not just one promise (redemption) but all of the the promises. The children of Israel have presently lost awareness of ‘where’ our fathers hid our treasure. The treasure is all of the promises of Adonai that are to be found directly in the Scriptures. Only when we the children of Israel search out the Scriptures for ourselves and discover that the Salvation of Adonai (Yeshua) is the real Messiah will we possess the necessary means (emunah) to claim all of the promises of Adonai.
E. Through the redemptive ministry of Messiah there is available to every son and daughter of Israel cleansing from sin and the Gift of the reawakening Presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit possesses the power to make the blind see and the ignorant hear and understand the spiritual language that the Scriptures are written in.
F. When the Gift of the reawakening of the Holy Spirit supernaturally begins to restore the spiritual hearing and sight of the children of Israel then we will as the children of light be able to locate in the D’var HaShem all of the treasured promises that were given to us through the faith (emunah) of our fathers and the ancient prophets so long ago.
G. As the children of light we must see with our own eyes the supernatural truths that for so long have been buried (concealed) deep within the sodim (the mysteries) of the Torah of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings. Then again will the Light of Israel (and the Light of the World) be put back upon His chosen Lampstand. So then will the children of light become a Light to the Gentiles and a bright shining City on a Hill.
It is the royal calling of the children of light (those persons of Jewish descent who have put their faith and trust in the Messiah) to carefully search out the Scriptures to discover the great truths (mysteries) of our Father in heaven, Adonai. When we the children of light sincerely search for and find the Truth that is concealed in the Tanakh, as to who the Messiah really is, then will all Israel begin to be saved. For only when all Israel is restored to full-faith in the Messiah, who is our Kinsman Redeemer, will the fulfillment of all the promises begin. On that day (and the day must and will come, for the Dvar HaShem cannot be ‘broken’) the people of Israel will say:
It will be on that very day all the treasure of Adonai will be fully restored. For on that very day all of the treasures of the children of light will finally be discovered and be claimed! For then (within three days) will Messiah return from the throne of heaven to earth, and restore Israel to the fulfillment of all of the promises of Adonai to the fathers. Then, after Israel does teshuvah so will all of the world repent and turn in faith to Adonai and be blessed in full measure. For if our failure to believe in the Messiah has been riches for the Gentiles (because our failure to believe led Adonai to take His salvation to the Gentiles), how much more will our (Israel’s) acceptance of our Messiah be an exceeding blessing not only to ourselves but to all the nations, peoples, and families of the earth!
For it is written, the Messiah will: “Judge between the nations and rebuke many people; (and) they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; (then) nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” So will both Jew and Gentile be blessed together beyond all measure and the nations and peoples of the earth will become like the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden):
“For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a Garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so Adonai will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all of the nations.”