Parable of the Pearl
The Parable of the Pearl or the Pearl of Great Price is a
parabletold by Jesusin explaining the value of the Kingdom of Heaven, according to Matthew
The implied analogy was that the
Kingdom of Heavenwas of such worth that his disciples should gladly be willing to give up their wealthand comfortto obtain it.
Christians typically take the parable to mean that the heavenly riches are far greater than the full total of all worldly riches.Fact|date=June 2007 Though the idea is not present in the text, some also teach that Jesus is the pearl that some men found, and sold all for, and became his disciples, hoping for an eternal kingdom.
Christians may also believe Fact|date=June 2007 that the pearl represents the
Assembly(or Church) for which Christ gave Himself up (sold all that He had), i.e. willingly bore the judgment of God for sin, died, poured out His blood and rose again on the third day. These Christians typically believe the Assembly is the symbol of bride or wife of Christ, (the Church). The pearl itself is a beautiful, single entity, formed through suffering in the heart of the oyster (in the same way that believers endure lack of wealth or comfort) and like the Church, will be put on display in a coming day. Unlike precious stones which must be cut and polished to reveal their clarity and beauty, the pearl is perfect as it comes from the oyster - the hand of man could only spoil it - symbolizing the formation of the Assembly by the hand of the Holy Spiritof God. Fact|date=June 2007
The parable is similar to the
Parable of the Hidden Treasureand appears next to it in Matthew.
Jesus Seminarrated the parable as probably authentic ("pink"). It is simple, short, and memorable.
Hymn of the Pearl
Pearl of Great Price (Latter Day Saints)
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