1. The merchant in the parable of the costly pearl

Jesus gave another parable in which He compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a merchant man  who sought and found ONE costly pearl.  Pearls were very expensive  and valuable. The merchant did not purchase until he found one that was very costly. He sold all that he had in order to purchase that pearl:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant (emporos/G1713) man, seeking goodly (kalos/G2570) pearls (margaritēs/G3135)

Who, when he had found one pearl of great price (polytimos/G4186), went and sold all that he had, and bought it (Matthew 13: 45 & 46).

Emporos is the Greek word used in the parable to denote merchantI discovered the following in the scriptures about merchants:

  • In the parable, Jesus showed that the merchant’s drive for wealth was so strong that he prefered to lose all that he had in order to gain one product that could make him a billionnaire.
  • Merchants of the earth become rich through sale of their merchandise – Revelation 18: 3, 11 & 15.
  • However, the merchants of the earth can lose revenue because of  economic and natural disasters – Revelation 18.
  • The merchants of the earth become great (megistan/G3175) men because of their wealth (Revelation 18: 23).  The word  “lords” is used as a synonym of great.  One of the root words show that  great  refers to rank or position in the earth.  We can therefore deduce that merchants hold high status, power and influence in the earth because of their wealth. This is certainly true.

2. The goodly pearls in the parable

Goodly (kalos) is used to describe the  pearl.  Good, honest, better and worthy are  are used as synonyms in scripture to describe the word kalos.   Pearls   are  very valuable jewels:

  • Pearls are mentioned in association with gold, silver and precious stones (1  Timothy 2: 9; Revelation 17: 4; Revelation 18: 12).
  • The city called New Jerusalem has twelve gates made from pearls (Revelation 21: 21).
  • Pearls  symbolically refer to the teachings of God, which should not be thrown to swine, or to people who would trample them under their feet. This is why Jesus did not reveal the meaning of  mysteries of the kingdom to those  who were blind to His doctrine (Matthew 7: 6).

 

3. What is a pearl?

Pearls are organic gems which are created by living creatures such as oysters or clams.  Each pearl begins existence when a piece of grit or other particle enters the shell of the oyster or clam. In response, the oyster produces a  substance called nacre, or mother-of-pearl which creates a thick coating over  the irritant.

Pearls can be natural or cultured. A natural pearl is created without human intervention while a cultured pearl is produced when an object is inserted into the oyster in the shape that is desired at the end (http://jewelry.about.com/cs/pearls/a/pearls_facts.htm).

 

4. What is a goodly and priceless pearl?

According to pearlguide.com, pearls are rated by:

  • The thickness of the nacre. A more valuable pearl has a very thick  nacre.
  • Lustre. High-quality pearls are bright and shiny while lower-quality pearls have a  chalky or dull appearance. Saltwater pearls generally have a greater luster than freshwater pearls.
  • Appearance – surface should be smooth and clean, without bumps, spots, discolorations, or other disfiguring characteristics.
  • Size – Larger pearls are more expensive.

The AAA- A grading system rates the value of freshwater and akoya pearls.  In this system,  the AAA is the highest-quality pearl and is virtually flawless. The pearl’s surface has a very high luster, and at least 95% of the surface is free from any type of defect.

Since Jesus attributed dual qualities of as high value and cost to this pearl, I believe that it was natural and flawless pearl.  Cultured pearls were created just over 100 years ago.  Additionally, while a pearl rated at AAA is nearly flawless, no one in modern times would sell all in order to own it.

Angelic blessings, peace and prosperity. More to come.

 

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