Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto 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
Richard J Maynes, October 2015 LDS General Conference
What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:
Jesus teaches with parables. Parables are story like teachings. They have the virtue of being able to teach a lesson on more than one level of understanding. They are also object lessons that are easy to remember. And they are methods of reminding people of a lesson or principle quickly without needing to repeat something again that may distract people from the message.
"And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy."
Thoughts about this scripture:
"the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure" and among all of the things that the kingdom of heaven is likend unto, a treasure has the most general application to everyone.
A treasure is something of great value, and the kingdom of heaven is of such great value that a man is willing to exchange all that he has to obtain it. And in a way, this is what we do. We give up the world, and its priorities in exchange for the blessings of heaven.