44. “The Kingdom of/from the heavens is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45. Again the Kingdom of/from the heavens is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls,
46. who, on finding one single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.
47. And again, the Kingdom of/from the heavens is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea, and gathered in a diverse array of fish…fish of every sort, in fact.
48. When it was full, men dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted out what was good from the catch into baskets, but that which was worthless they threw away.
49. So it will be at the close and consummation of this age, when judgment comes on this nation. But, again, as was the concept in the story of the wheat and darnel, the angels will go forth and ultimately separate all that which is wicked and unnecessary from all that which is righteous and eternal,
50. And cast the refuse into the furnace of fire, where, again, the purging process will cause weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth in those who are being purged.
51. Now, as I have created a panorama of truth through the telling of these stories, I ask you…have you comprehended these conceptual tales taken together?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
52. He said to them, “All right, then…every teacher and interpreter of the sacred truths who has been instructed about and trained for Kingdom-life, and has become a disciple, is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and old…that which seems fresh and newly born, as well as that which seems ancient and familiar.”
53. When Jesus had finished this series of comparisons in story form, He left there.
54. And, coming to His own country of Nazareth, He taught in their synagogue with such unprecedented understanding and conspicuous confidence, that they were amazed with bewildered wonder. Upon hearing Him the people said, “Where in the world did this Man get this kind of wisdom…and from where does He derive these miraculous powers?
55. Isn’t this just the local carpenter's son? Isn’t His mother called Mary? Aren’t His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56. Don’t all of His sisters live right here in this very town? We know His family…all of them…and we know how ordinary they all are…so what has made this man so special? He obviously didn’t get all this from His family…so where is all this coming from?
57. And instead of being intrigued by this, and interested in finding out more about Him, they took offense at Him. They fought in their minds what seemed to them unfamiliar and unexplainable, and so were repelled by what those from the other towns and villages were drawn to. Their natural knowledge of Him hindered them from acknowledging His authority, and caused them, instead, to stumble at His ministry. But Jesus said to them, “Once again this truth is confirmed…a prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house.”
58. And He did virtually none of the amazing works of power that He had become known for there in His hometown, because of their limited perception of Him. Their own lack of vision, and inability to see beyond the physical realm, kept them from receiving what He had to offer them.