The Pearl of Great Price

By admin On April 20th, 2021

We are told that certain oysters sometimes receive some grain of sand, or some irritant, which results in the oyster secreting a fluid which counteracts the irritant. And over time, this ongoing secretion hardens into a pearl.

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Well, as this website so often repeats…”The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shews His handiwork!” Psalm 19:1

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Yes, everything in this world, and in the heavens, from the tiniest atom to the greatest galaxy and beyond, all declare some aspect of the Gospel of Jesus!

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And the humble little oyster, and his pearl-making ability presents a giant biblical concept, found in the parable of “The Pearl of Great Price”.

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Listen…”Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45, 46

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This parable has a dual interpretation. Not only does it speak of how Jesus gave all that He could give to purchase back the human race from damnation. But also, it speaks of how a true worshiper of God will likewise give all that he or she has in response to that great sacrificial gift of Salvation!

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But there is another aspect to this oyster’s pearl-making ability, which teaches us a further biblical lesson.

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You see, Jesus informs us that, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

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Yes, Jesus came into the world to shake it up! In other words, this world was wholly content to live in Satan’s antichrist world-system of selfishness.

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But, in response, it is also written…“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
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Yes, God, in this manner, loved the world. He gave Jesus as the replacement for our due punishment…eternal death!

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And yet, in attempt to bring the rebels (us) back to Him, God had to declare war. He knew that for us to become motivated to seek after Him, He must allow us to get our fill of the unhappy and often painful results of our transgressions. And so, as scripture reveals…

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail notFor the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the earthLet us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” Lamentations 3:22, 31-34, 40, 41 

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Here is revealed that it is actually out of pure love that God allows us to go through so much trouble in this world of sin. He doesn’t wish for mankind to perish! He wants to save us! Therefore, He allows, not only natural circumstances, but also allows Lucifer, now titled “Satan”, to bring trouble into our lives, that we might eventually get sick and tired of living in this world of woe and misery, and finally return to God.

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“Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward…That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.”

Job 5:7 & Ecclesiastes 1:15

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Yes, as this above passage from Lamentations, Chapter 3 reveals, we are prisoners of Satan, “the god of this world”! But Jesus brought His Gospel as a type of irritant, to cause this world to produce that giant pearl of Salvation to form, as the world tries in vain to smooth over all the bad stuff going on here. And isn’t that what we see, as we look all around? Just turn on the TV, Internet, etc., and what do we see? We see countless attempts each and every day, to solve the onslaught of trouble which plague us!

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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Well, the really Good News is, that if anyone gets tire of living in Satan’s prison-house of sin, the Door of Salvation is still open. And Jesus beckons each and every one of us…

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Yes, when we finally get fed up with struggling to find peace and happiness in this fallen world, Jesus promises to free us from this prison-house of sin and selfishness. And once free, we can turn our backs on this hopeless and doomed world, and begin our spiritual pilgrimage upward and onward toward the New Heaven and New Earth in which peace, love, and joy reign supreme, It is a world in which the bells of true freedom resound through the winding valleys, echoing against the everlasting hills. It is a world of never-ending adventures, in which we will be forever happy and forever young!

 

 

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