: New Testament Stories

Very similar to the parable of the Hidden Treasure is this one of the

merchant seeking goodly pearls.

"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman seeking goodly

pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold

all that he had, and bought it."

In the picture we see the merchant on the sea-shore, where he has

waited for the landing of these sailors from another coun
ry. He asks

them if they have any goodly pearls for sale, and one man opens his

box and takes out this "pearl of great price." It is just the kind of

pearl the merchant had been seeking, so he quickly produces his two

bags of gold and offers them to the man for his pearl. But the man

smiles. "What! part with so large and so beautiful a pearl for two

bags of gold?" He could not think of it. The pearl is again placed in

its box, and the merchant has to go away disappointed. But the longing

to have that pearl is too great. A thought occurs to him. He will go

home and sell all that is his, and the money he shall thus obtain,

added to his two bags of gold, will surely buy the precious jewel.

And so it is with men when they seek that pearl of pearls, the

forgiveness of God. They will give up a great deal in order to obtain

it, but they find that God requires them to give up everything that is

sinful or worldly. And if their hearts are really set upon obtaining

it, they will do as this merchant did, and part with everything that

would hinder them from coming to God, or walking in the way that leads

to heaven.