Parables told in Private

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Jesus was alone with the disciples in a home. He continued to teach them about the kingdom of heaven by telling them the following parables.

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

"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.

Pearl of Great Price

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Parable of the Net

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.

So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, And cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Parable of the Householder

Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."

Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.


The hidden treasure and pearl of great price parables are very similar. One subtle difference is that the man who found the pearl was "seeking," while the man who found the hidden treasure was not. Despite this difference, the men in both parables gave everything they had.

The parable of the net is similar to the parable of the tares recorded earlier. In both parables, the angels separate the wicked and cast them into hell.

The householder explained

Although some do not consider the householder a parable, it still requires explanation.

A householder was one who governed a family by providing clothing, food, and other items from their storehouse.

A Scribe's job was to copy the Jewish Law by hand. Imagine how much you would know about a subject if you wrote the words every day for many years.

Now consider a Scribe who became a Christian. Insights into the Old Law would compliment his understanding of the New Law.

Apollos was like the Scribe mentioned. He knew the Law, and "vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the scriptures that Jesus is the Christ." (Acts 18:24, 28)


  • Matthew 13:44-53
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