Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation,
Brad H Young, Hendricksen, 1998
Chapter 11, "The Find" (pp. 199-221), page 216
Young then draws out the connections that Yeshua made with His audience:
The man in the first parable is an ordinary labourer who makes a chance find. He is an average guy with common roots ... who has long since stopped expecting to discover. Perhaps he should be called an ordinary person, while the wealthy businessman shoould be cast as the extraordinary merchant. The businessman longs for very special kinds of pearls. In the world of finance, he yearns for success. This merchant's longing to find pearls of exceptional quality forces him to travel from place to plave in his intemsive search.
Both types would be in the audience: seekers and non-seekers, but both need to find the kingdom. The wonder of the kingdom is meant to be found, discovered or met, by both - because it is G-d who reveals the kingdom.