And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the [a]mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I [b]should heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Some examples in the gospels of Jesus hiding in His teachings and interactions with His disciples and the public:
1. He taught in parables (explained in Matthew 13).
2. He taught in metaphors.
3. He taught in allegories.
4. He did not say publicly He was God.
5. He did not say publicly He was the Christ.
6. He told His disciples not to tell anyone He was the Christ:
“Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ” (Matthew 16:20).
7. He told one person, a woman, a Samaritan, in private, that He is the Christ (John 4:4-26).
8. His hid on the Road to Emmaus.
9. He hid during the miraculous event when He walked on the water.
Jesus spoke about hiding:
10. He said “Your Father who is in the secret place . . .” (Matthew 6:6).
11. He said, ““I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes” (Matthew 11:25).
12. He said the kingdom is “like a treasure hidden in a field . . .” (Matthew 13:44).
Treasure Hidden in a Field
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).
Jesus reveals in this parable: heaven, the presence of God and the anointing – and infinitely more.
Summary with keys to knowing God and His presence and glory:
1. The kingdom of heaven is a treasure: the presence of God and His glory is a priceless treasure, beyond any comparison.
2. The treasure was hidden in a field: God hides.
3. A man found it: a person must seek God and find Him.
4. It was one man seeking a treasure: we have the privilege of a personal, private relationship with God. To know Him and find His presence and glory, a person must have that private relationship.
5. The man hid the treasure: when someone finds His presence, they will want to keep it and protect it.
6. The treasure brings joy: the presence of Jesus Christ brings joy unspeakable and full of glory.
7. He sold everything he had and bought the field: When someone experiences God’s presence and glory, they will only want Him.
8. The man now owns the field with the treasure: he secured the treasure for himself (Amplified version).