Jesus told a parable about the kingdom of heaven being like a man selling all he had to possess a treasure that he found and also about a man selling everything to possess a pearl of great price. It is commonly taught that the man is us and the treasure is the kingdom of God or salvation. So we have to give up and sell everything to buy the kingdom of God or to receive the gospel. The problem is that Man is bankrupt and has nothing to buy the treasure with. In fact the explanation is backwards. The Bible speaks of a Man who gave up Himself on the cross to redeem (buy back) man. Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” What is lost is the treasure and pearl. The buyer is Jesus who buys (redeems) us with His blood. We are treasures and pearls because the worth is ascribed by the payment made which is the precious blood of the son of God.
Matt 13:44-45 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
In Luke 15 Jesus talks about the lost sheep, the lost coin and lost son. Notice that the lost sheep is completely lost. The shepherd leaves the 99 in the wilderness (not in a safe place) and saves the lost sheep. This lost sheep gets the privilege of being carried on the shoulders of the shepherd. This sheep sold nothing to buy the shepherd. For the lost coin, the woman throws a party to celebrate the finding of the lost coin. The coin is the subject of great joy. The coin’s only action was being lost. The coins role was just to be found. Finally the father of the prodigal son runs to his son while he was still a long way away. What does the father do? He clothes his son and orders a feast for him.
These parables speak of how valuable the lost are to God. It is always God placing much value in the lost. Not the lost placing much value in the kingdom.
Why treasure and pearl ? The treasure are the Jews. They are in the land. The Son of Man comes looking to redeem them. The pearls (notice it is plural) are the gentiles. Pearls are found in oysters which are unclean under the law. They are in the sea which represents the nations. From the unclean comes the clean and very valuable pearl which the Son of Man redeems by His blood.
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Guy is a homeschool father to five and has been married for over two decades to the same woman, He has a deep passion for the WORD and can be seen studying and emailing encouragement to others using the WORD deep into the night. He works in international real estate investments and enjoys the work and people he meets globally.
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