1. Victoria
    May 2, 2016 @ 2:27 PM

    Yours is the basic interpretation of these parables that I had always heard: that Jesus IS the Treasure, and Jesus IS the Pearl of Great Price.

    However, in the mid-80s, I heard Evangelist Dennis Burke expound on them with a different perspective: In his interpretation, God was represented as “the Man searching” who gave everything HE owned in the person of Jesus to purchase the treasure and the pearl…that the treasure and the pearl was us. He went on to explain that “The value of an object is based on the price one is willing to pay to possess it. Thus we are of extreme value to God because He paid the ultimate price for us with the death of His Son.”

    I’m not sure if ‘one’ explanation is accurate and the other isn’t–but I do know that Sacred Scripture does proclaim (in the Book of Hebrews) that in sending Jesus, God “emptied” Himself. I also know that it changed my perspective on my own self image: how could I continue to see myself as a ‘worm in the dirt’ if God saw me as a treasure worth the cost He paid to redeem me?

    Just food for thought…

    • avincent
      May 3, 2016 @ 12:18 AM

      That is an AWESOME interpretation! I never thought of it that way but it certainly fits with all He has done for us. I think both interpretations are valid, however, Jesus states in the beginning of each, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” This would lead me to believe He was implying the traditional meaning. If He had said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is made up of…” I would lean to the alternate interpretation.

      Either way, Jesus demonstrated both meanings in His life, death, and resurrection. I’m holding onto the second, and like His mother Mary, pondering these things in my heart.

      Thank you for sharing this with me.