The kingdom of heaven is like

As happens sometimes I found myself in the vehicle fighting my way through distracted and uncertain drivers but listening the music of Rend Collective and specifically the track, ‘All that I am”.


The reference is the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew:


45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”


It may not seem like it to the casual observer, but the kingdom of heaven is present and real. And Jesus – who loved parables – likened the kingdom to a pearl of great price.


I thought the parable was easily understood, and it is, but there appears to be more than one way of looking at the parable. A sample of commentaries of the relevant verses follows:


The kingdom of heaven – knowing God and Jesus per John chapter 17 – is worth all the time and money you could spend on the pursuit. However other theologians see the merchant as Christ looking for treasure amongst humanity. After all, they argue, who amongst humanity searches diligently for God? He is the true seeker. And when he finds THE pearl (the church), he gives his all for it. Either explanation of the parable merely illustrates to me that between Christ and His church, we are the most precious to each other, worth all that we can give to knowing one another.


Interestingly the gates to heaven are each made of a single pearl. And I think significant, and really cool.

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