CAMPFIRE STORIES | Wk 4: “The Merchant & The Pearl”
Pastor Mike Overstreet | 09.20.2020
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THE FOUR PARABLE GROUND RULES:
First Rule – The parables create _____ between something that’s relatable to Jesus’ 1st century Jewish audience & Jesus’ identity, mission, & the Kingdom of God.
Second Rule – The parable’s purpose isn’t to give us clear answers, it’s to make us _____.
Third Rule – The parables are universal & timeless in their truths; their content is highly _____.
Fourth Rule – The parables are always meant to be _____ in a way that demands a response from the audience.
Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The Merchant & the Pearl
- The Merchant (emporos) – negative title tied to greed, untrustworthiness, & swindling
- The Pearls – luxury item tied to the uber wealthy & spiritually unclean
“The merchant has found what he wanted, although until the moment of the find, he did not realize his true desire. He has reconceptualized both his past values and his future plans; the ‘magnitude of the life change’ is paramount; he is no longer what he was.” – Amy-Jill Levine
“‘Stinking thinking’ is the universal addiction. Substance addictions like alcohol and drugs are merely the most visible form of addiction, but actually we are all addicted to our own habitual way of doing anything, our own defenses, and most especially, our patterned way of thinking.” – Richard Rohr
Transformation in the Kingdom of God requires…
- A willingness to seek.
- That we name our pearls (our cycles of addiction).
- That we go all-in on a new source of ultimate concern.
- A surrendering of our identity.