Sold Out! Selling Possessions to the Poor for Perfection — Matthew 19 #5

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” – 1st Timothy 6:7
We actually own nothing! All things belong and are under God’s Sovereignty and control

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew 19:21

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:24

References & reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/camel-eye-needle.html
[2] https://www.thejoshlink.com/article290.htm
[3] https://parablesreception.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-eye-of-needle-is-not-gate.html
[4] https://johndavies.typepad.com/blog/love-comes-blinking-through-the-needles-eye.html
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_7:13

Precious Pearl of Great Price: Kingdom of Heaven #2 Mt. 13

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45-46

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

Related Readings

References & Reflections

[1] https://www.slideserve.com/bud/the-pearl-of-great-price-matthew-13-45-46
[2] https://www.gemsociety.org/article/history-legend-pearls-gems-yore/
[3] Matthew 13 and the Prophetic Parables about the Present Age page 128
[4] https://petersomervell.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/the-hidden-treasure-and-the-pearl/
[5] https://godinthebeginning.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/you-are-gods-pearl/
[6] https://pastorross1.wordpress.com/tag/pearl-of-great-price/
[7] https://dublinchurchofchrista.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/pearl-of-great-price-3/

Pearls unlike other precious minerals and rare gems are drawn from life in humble organic origins and spiritually symbolize wisdom earned through pain, polishing, secretion, refining and experiencing of the self to soul’s transformation. Appearing awkward on the outside, oysters are like followers of Christ and the church who have hidden in them glorious power of the Gospel and act as living treasure troves and pearls of spiritual wisdom deep inside
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