Monday, 4 April 2016
The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation,
Brad H Young, Hendricksen, 1998
Chapter 11, "The Find" (pp. 199-221), page 215
Young sees a four-part mini-drama in each of the two Gospel parables. The key is not finding the treasure, but the risk and investment necessary to secure the treasure and the pearl. He suggests, therefore, that the stories only really differ in the first scene, the finding.
The last three scenes develop the plot by stressing the same action in both parables. The only other real difference is the description of joy for the common man man who finds the treasure and decides to take the risk of acquiring it. The joy in the first illustration carries over into the second ... but joy is not the main subject of the parables. The stress of the stories is on the decision, which must be prompt and resolute.
If you see it and want it, you must intentionally act in order to secure it. Do you?