Epistles to the Cyberchurch - Su Min

From: Su Min
Subject: Pearl

My dear family and friends,

Today we look at Matthew_13:45_Jesus says..

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went way and sold everything he had and bought it.

Again, this parable has been seen from two angles: we, the church, being the pearl, redeemed at great cost, or Jesus, the Pearl of great value which to gain will cost us all we treasure.

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.

The Greek word used in this text for the verb "seek" is "zeto", dzay-teh-o; (Strong's concordance #2212) to seek (lit or fig), to worship, go about desiring, endeavouring, enquiring, requiring, seeking. There seems to be an emotional element to the search, a yearning, as if it were earnestly required to find that which is sought.

Behold, the merchant is looking, searching, seeking for goodly pearls.

There is but one old testament reference to pearls: Job_29:18,_KJV. The Hebrew word Strong's Concordance #1378 gabiysh, from an unused root, probably meaning to freeze, crystal, from its resemblance to ice, pearl. the NIV interprets the same word as jasper.

Pearls abound in the new testament.

The last reference Revelation_21:21_is spectacular: look it up.
Oh, I am longing to get to heaven. See you beyond the pearly gates!

And finally, one day, we come face to face with Him. On our knees we fall.
We ask "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke_18:18)
Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. (Luke_18:22)
I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God (John_3:3)

There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke_15:9)

And all the saints and angels join me in saying AMEN!

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