Matthew 13:44

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

Reference:

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.

Related Scriptures

Alma 20:15

"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.