THE PARABLE OF THE PEARL
MATTHEW 13: 45, 46
The historical period spanned by these parables is that interval
encapsulated between the resurrection and His return.
The first four parables describe what has and is happening in
the church during this time.
In the last ones, Christ gives reassurance God's purpose will
not be thwarted.
His treasure Israel (Ex. 19) will be restored. Luke 21:24,
The parable of the pearl is often misinterpreted = PEARL =
Jesus, SEEKER = lost person. NO! Titus 3:5 "Not by works of
righteousness which ye have done, but according to his mercy he
saved us." Also, Eph. 2: 8,9.
SOUGHT IT -- "seeking goodly pearls"
In the N.T. era pearls were considered the most highly prized
ornament by Gentiles. Hebrews did not value them. They were more
highly valued than diamonds. At a supper, Cleopatra demonstrated
her affection for Anthony by dissolving a pearl valued at
$500,000 in vinegar and drinking it.
THOUGHT IT -- "of great price"
Value results from association with someone who knows worth.
(Story of travelers buying an amber necklace at a modest pric ...
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