The Gospel lectionary passage for this week is Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. These passages are a series of parables having to do with what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.
The parables are all very familiar. Each of these parables could be the focus of a sermon. The verse I feel draw toward, however, is verse 52: “Every scribe (NIV=teacher; CSB=student) who has been trained for the Kingdom of Heaven is like the master of a household who brings out his treasure…”
The verb for trained is the word often translated made a disciple. Studying about the Kingdom is described as a treasure, and old treasure and a new treasure.
Our understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven (our being made disciples of the Kingdom) is a treasure.
As a martial arts instructor (my hobby) I understand the meaning of training. Three days a week I spend time with students who want to learn the martial art I teach (or at least think they do). When they grasp the meaning and purpose of a kata (pre-planned movement) they get excited because they realize they have acquired an ability. The hours of practice have produced a treasure.
The more I study these wonderful parables to prepare a sermon or lesson, the more I understand the powerful illustration Jesus uses. I will talk about this tomorrow with my study group.