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(Monday, 01/07/08) Parables 7 & 8 of the Similitudes - The Hidden Treasure & The Costly Pearl

The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)

How valuable is this kingdom that Jesus is talking about?

It is so valuable that a man should give up everything necessary to be a part of it.

The Costly Pearl (Matthew 13:45-46)

Who is the Merchant? God? Christ? Man?

Boice says it is the person who searches his whole life for God? That this is contrasted to the previous parable in which the man accidentally discovered the hidden treasure.

Some say it is Christ. The Kingdom was established through the total sacrifice of Christ. The problem I have with this interpretation is that it gives intrinsic value to humans. We weren’t and aren’t pearls.

God turned the dirt into man, not pearls. Whatever or whoever the pearls and the merchant are, the point of these last two parables is the value of being a part of the kingdom. We should do everything possible to possess it and to bring others into it.

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