A. These next 2 Parables are Similar:
A. Definitions: [since Jesus didn’t interpret, we have come up w/many interpretations]
And it is the present and future saving reign of God and of Christ. Piper
planets sake. And not just for 1 nation. And not just for the elite, rich, & powerful. But He reached out to: the unlovables (Lepers). To the people who detested him (Manasseh). To the ones that had been too busy for Him (like Matthew the tax collector). To those who were too rich for God (Zacchaeus). Even to those who were working directly against God (Saul).
IV. Slide20 THE MERCHANT & HIS EXPENSIVE PEARL (45,46) valuable, priceless