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Pearls of Great Price

Pearls in Scripture

Pearls are formed when a foreign, irritating object such as a grain of sand finds its way into the shell of an oyster. The oyster then gradually lays down a coating of nacre over the grain of sand to take away the irritation. As it lays down many such coatings the pearl grows in size until, if it is found by a diver it is a very valuable item. Pearls thus start out as a tiny, rough, worthless substance and finish up as part of a beautiful, highly prized necklace or even in a sovereign’s crown.

Who does this sound like to you? It certainly reminds me of ourselves as we start out made from the dust of the earth and as we find out about the mercy of Yahuah we can go on to be beautified in the Spirit and finish up as a wonderful pearl of great price.

 The Word of Yahuah is the pearl of great price and, as we learn more and put into practice His Torah, we become clothed in His goodness, His wisdom and His grace. He turns the little speck of grit into a pearl fit to be set into the crown of a great king. HalleluYah!  In Mattithyahu (Matt) chapter 5, Yahusha is speaking to the people who had followed Him to hear Him speak.

Matt 7: 6 He says “Do not give what is set-apart to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before the pigs, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Again in this instance, Yahusha is speaking in parables to the people,

Matt 13: 45, 46 “Again, the reign of the heavens is like a man, a merchant, seeking fine pearls who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Revelation 21: 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the set-apart Yerushalayim, descending out of the heaven from Elohim.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls - each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was clean gold, like transparent glass.

22 And I saw no Dwelling Place in it, for Yahuah El Shaddai is its Dwelling Place, and the Lamb.

Does this transformation from a piece of sand into a glorious pearl happen overnight? No, it is a gradual process as we follow in the footsteps of Yahusha our Messiah.

The oyster keeps coating the pearl, causing it to grow slowly into a valuable and beautiful object. If the process starts and the pearl is coated just a little, then something happens to stop the process, the pearl is tiny and will fall unnoticed back to the sea floor where it looks like all the other grains of sand and is worthless.

We must keep going, growing in the Word of our Father, and not look back to the time when we were just a speck of grit. Let us keep being coated in His Word and being transformed into something of great worth to Yahuah Elohim.

In Luke 9: 62 But Yahusha said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of Elohim”.

Which one of the following will grow into a pearl of great price and which will fall back to the sea floor as a grain of sand?

Mattithyahu (Matt) 13: 3 And He spoke to them much in parables, saying, “See, the sower went out to sow.

4 And as he sowed, some indeed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.

5 And others fell on rocky places, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprung up, because they had no depth of soil.

6 And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered.

7 And others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.

8 And others fell on good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

In Verse 18 Yahusha explains this parable to His disciples “You then, hear the parable of the sower.

19 “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside.

20 And that sown on rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,

21 yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived, and when pressure or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

22 And that sown among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless.

23 And that sown on the good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields - some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Matt 13: 45 takes us back to where we started this study, back to the pearl of great price.

June Shaw


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