It is written, “For you (the people of Israel) shall be a desirable land, says G‑d” (Malachi 3:12). Just as the greatest explorers will never uncover the limits of the great and valuable resources which the Almighty has placed within the earth, neither will anyone ever discover the limits of the great treasures which lie buried within a Jew – G‑d’s “desirable land.” – Bal Shem Tov
In our third and final installment of our analysis of the Master’s parable of the buried treasure (Matt.13:44), we will try to bring light to bear upon another interesting aspect in the passage.
In part one, we considered the debate in the Gemara concerning the dispute of claimed property. In that, we saw that merely “seeing” something, while certainly implying that one “found” it, does not mean that one thereby has legal possession. This must be established by more than just an oath. Through the man purchasing the field, we deduced that the Master is teaching us that it is not enough to merely “discover” a hidden treasure (the kingdom of God), but that we must secure it through making it our own.
In part two, we realized a deeper picture within the parable, considering Talmudic discussions of ownership and theft, and realized that the man is the Messiah, the field is the claim of the enemy upon his inheritance, the treasure is the Lord’s inheritance, and that he “purchases” us even though the Father has already given us to him as an inheritance, because he must prevent the enemy from staking a competing claim against his own, since we live in the enemy’s “field”.
Now, with this new line of reasoning in tow, we will look at the Hebrew concepts behind the parable in relation to betrothal and marriage. Continue reading