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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Who are you calling a pearl?

Speaking of speaking of Jesus ransoming us from death, here's 2 Peter 2:1:
There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who ransomed them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.
The word the NAB translates as "ransomed" is "αγορασαντα," "bought." (Hence the Douay Rheims's "deny the Lord who bought them.") That same verb (αγοραζω) is used thirty times in the New Testament, including these two parables in Matthew:
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
So there you are. Jesus, that mad lover, found a pearl of great price -- that'd be you, Spanky -- and sold all He had to buy it.