While reading about the parable of the hidden treasure in Matt 13:44, and about the merchant looking for fine pearls in the next verse, I noticed a related yet opposite theme involving Judas of Iscariot.
First, we have a man who finds a great treasure (Yeshua – the “pearl of great price), sells what he has to buy the field containing this treasure.
Then we have Judas who sells the treasure, (Yeshua – the pearl of great price), then buys a field. Read the verses below.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it.
Acts 1:18 With the money Y’hudah received for his evil deed, he bought a field; and there he fell to his death.
Do you see it? One man’s treasure is Yeshua and one man’s treasure is money.
One man despised and sold his possessions and the other man despised and sold Yeshua FOR possessions.
The theme of giving away a possession in order to gain a treasure is also seen in John 12 when Mary poured expensive perfume on Yeshua’s feet. Here we have Judas again who would rather have the money. It’s giving in order to gain something greater vs. giving in order to gain something of lesser value. The former is eternal and the latter is temporal.
This parable was prophetic in that it played out but in an opposite scenario. My husband and I have coined the phrase, “Satan is the god of opposites” and we can see it here.
Do We See This Today?
If we look at this theme particularly involving Judas, we can see many scenarios today where this would play out. The first thing that came to my mind are these pastors who sell Yeshua for profit. A lot of pastors try to sell a version of “JAY-zus-uh” who gives wealth, prosperity, health, new cars etc. and people buy it with their tithes. They are no different than Judas of Iscariot! They essentially cheapen our Savior by putting Him on the market and selling Him for something lesser and perishable. Think about this and think of how you see examples of this every day.