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Pearl hunters off the coast of the Philippines discovered a pearl weighing five pounds. The owners auctioned it with the lower half of the shell in which it grew, the pearl is valued between $300,000 and $400,000.

--The Week January 29, 2010, p. 12. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

In Jesus’ parable of the pearl of great price, the merchant went and sold all that he had to purchase this one pearl. The parable is in a series of parables that tell how the kingdom of God is searching for things of value.

$400,000 is nothing compared to the one who gave his son to die in our place that we might belong to the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 13:45-46 (NASB77)“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, (46) and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

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