I. THREE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS.
A. The law of gleaning.
And when ye reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
And thou shall not glean thy vineyard, neither shall you gather [every] grape of thy vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and stranger: I [am] the LORD your God.
And when ye reap the harvest of your land, you shall not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reap, neither shall you gather any gleaning of thy harvest: you shall leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I [am] the LORD your God.
When you cut down your harvest in thy field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of your hands.
When thou beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
When thou gather the grapes of thy vineyard, you shall not glean [it] afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
B. The law of redemption.
And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.
If thy brother is poor, and has sold away [some] of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.
And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying:
Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that [is] in Anathoth: for the right of redemption [is] yours to buy [it].
So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that [is] in Anathoth, which [is] in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance [is] yours, and the redemption [is] yours; buy [it] for thyself. Then I knew that this [was] the word of the LORD.
And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that [was] in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, [even] seventeen shekels of
And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed [it], and took witnesses, and weighed [him] the money in the balances.
So I took the evidence of the purchase, [both] that which was sealed [according] to the law and custom, and that which was open:
And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's [son], and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.
C. The law of the preservation of the family name.
If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
And it shall be, [that] the firstborn which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother [which is] dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.
And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuses to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and [if] he stand [to it], and say, I like not to take her;
Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.
And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.
II. THE STORY.
III. THE PARABLE OF THE BURIED TREASURE.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.
A. In the parable, the field is the world. Who sold, so to speak, everything to purchase the world?
1. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
B. Jesus came to redeem the world back to God.
1. It was originally His, He created it.
2. He gave it to man.
3. Adam gave it to Satan.
4. Satan offered to give it to Jesus, if he would bow down to him.
a. Jesus did not challenge the boast of Satan that it was his.
b. We have been redeemed not with corruptible things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus.