Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], Page 129

MR No. 1017—Treasure Hid in a Field

The blessings of the gospel are compared to treasure hid in a field “the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” [Matthew 13:44].

The treasures of the gospel are hidden, for many have eyes but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not; they have intellect but they discern not the hidden treasure. A man may pass over the place where treasure has been hidden. In his dire necessity he may sit down to rest, knowing not of the treasure hidden at the roots of the tree where he is resting. This represents the blindness of the Jews. They had eyes but they did not see. The treasure house of all knowledge was in their midst but they knew it not.

Christ wept over Jerusalem, saying: [Luke 19:42; Matthew 13:13-15, quoted].

In His miracles Christ gave the Jewish people abundant evidence that He was the Messiah. But His teaching called for a decided change in their selfish, ungodly practices. They saw that if they received Christ they must give up their cherished maxims and traditions. It involved a cross to give up their errors and receive changeless, eternal truth, therefore they would not admit the most conclusive evidence that God could give to establish faith in Christ. They were afraid of being convinced, lest they should be

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