The Parable of the Pearl
The definition of the word “parable” is to “lay next to or compare”.
A parable is a story with a hidden message that only
“spiritually opened” ears can hear.
The parables are word pictures into what God is trying to teach us.
The parables of Jesus are one of the times Jesus teaches lessons
for future generations. These parables need to be meditated on and
closely studied. Parables have a “layered” meaning, for example
the parable of the Prodigal Son. The story is one of going astray
and coming back. It seems to be the story of an actual son, with
an older brother, and his father...like in any family.
We have all read this before and it has given much comfort and
hope to the families that have had a child gone astray.
We must realize that the parables have layers...there is a surface
layer and a deeper layer. For example, the surface layer would be
relating to children going astray within your own family and the
deeper meaning is what we are going to present to you in the
Remember what the disciples asked Jesus:
The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to
them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to
you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to
them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more
will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does
not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they
do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they
17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous
men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to
hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
(Scripture in BLACK, our comments in BLUE.)
44"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.
45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine
pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold
everything he had and bought it.
Now let's break it down:
44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure"
Heaven is not some high plane of existence or foreign land, it will
be a "new heaven and a new earth" (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1).
Heaven is already here but not fulfilled in its entirety. The NEW
earth will be Paradise restored as it should have been in the
Treasure is defined as a precious possession. We strive as
believers in Christ to obtain eternal life.
Is a precious pearl worth more than eternal life?
But the fact is that pearls are a treasure here on this earth.
Jesus is teaching future generations using a pearl symbolically,
for mankind treasures pearls. A pearl is precious here on this earth
presently but remember that this earth is not the "new heaven" YET.
What is precious here is not precious in heaven. YOU are precious
in heaven. Precious gold here in today's world is but pavement on
the roads in heaven. Eternal life is everlasting and does not
become a commodity for other material items (e.g. pearls are sold
and traded for other material objects) which will die with the new
earth and the new heaven. However, the "new heaven and new earth"
has not happened yet, and pearls will always be a treasured item
of THIS present world.
True treasure is eternal life, and eternal life is a transformation
from what is finite into what is infinite... physical life ending
and becoming spiritual life everlasting. There is only one way to
heaven and that is...
"hidden in a field"
The field is the earth. We are hidden in a finite world.
The children of the Kingdom here on the earth are treated no
differently than slaves. The present state of this earth is
temporary just as the body has a temporary existence. We live in
this temporary world as slaves but must fulfill the true meaning of
life. The meaning of life is to utilize the time that we are given
in these temporary shells of flesh into finding and maintaining a
relationship with our Creator. The Creator is the One Who has come
down here as the way to heaven and He came here in a tent of flesh
with the name Jesus.
"When a man found it"
Jesus is the man here. What Jesus found/finds are His sheep.
His sheep are the body of believers who are His treasure.
What is the symbolism used in this parable? A pearl.
We now will explain the core of this parable...
Sand is an irritant, all men are sand,
and all of mankind is an irritant.
In the words of Paul:
"For all men have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God"
Some of the sand found its way into an oyster.
The sand irritated the oyster [ by their sin ] and the oyster
coated the sand changing/transforming it into a pearl.
The making of a pearl is done during the grain of sand's "lifetime".
However, pearls do not go to heaven during their lifetime.
"he hid it again",
Upon their death, they are hidden again in the earth [burial].
"and then in his joy went and sold all he had"
Jesus left heaven, came to earth in a tent of flesh and never
became an "irritant" because Jesus never committed one sin. Jesus
lived a perfect life. He had to live as a grain of sand "in joy"
or out of love for us. In doing so He left His Father in heaven.
"and bought that field."
Jesus lived a perfect life and died undeservedly and without
justification [for He had no sin]. He paid the price of those
grains of sand who irritated the Father with their sin.
The earth owes Jesus His life back, but the world cannot pay this
debt. Because of this, the world owes and cannot pay.
Jesus will take payment in the form of His sheep.
For the life the sheep forfeited by sin is paid for by the
righteousness of the life of Jesus and the unrighteous death He
45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like"
How are we getting into heaven?
"a merchant looking for fine pearls. "
A merchant buys, sells, or trades. A merchant can buy or sell with
money or credit. In this case, Jesus buys the pearls with the
credit[s] owed to Him.
What credit[s] is Jesus owed? Anything [any life] He wants.
Obviously, this will be the pearls and the pearls represent His
sheep/the children of the Kingdom.
46"When he found one of great value,"
The other merchant knew the price would be high.
"he went away and sold everything he had"
Jesus lived a perfect life, never sinned, never owed anybody
"and bought it."
He traded His life for death on the cross as the high cost of
Sand is an irritant, all of mankind are irritants.
Some sand [some people] find their way into an oyster.
An oyster has a soft, silky, inside that coats the sand/irritant.
An oyster has a hard shell.
The inside of the oyster is symbolic of the Gospel teaching /
teaching of the Holy Spirit. As the sand is exposed to more and more of the
Teaching, the layers grow and polish the sand until the sand is
encased and becomes a pearl.
The outer shell of the oyster is symbolic of
the protection of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shields the
whole process, shields the whole person from the distractions,
deviations, and deceptions of the other "merchants" who are Satan,
and his followers.
God bless you.
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