Oh how I love the parables. I don’t really have a lot to say about this chapter, other than that I appreciate the explanation of Christ’s use of parables differing from the rabbis’ use of them, I’ve always wondered why so few people got them. But if people weren’t used to teachers using them to teach new doctrine- only to support what they’d already taught, then that makes perfect sense that people would be confused.
I also really like this: “No man can become a citizen of the kingdom by partial surrender of his earlier allegiances; he must renounce everything foreign to the kingdom or he can never be numbered therein. If he willingly sacrifices all that he has, he shall find that he has enough. The cost of the hidden treasure, and of the pearl, is not a fixed amount, alike for all; it is all one has. Even the poorest may come into enduring possession; his all is sufficient purchase price.” I especially like the bolded sentence, I think it has application not only in the world to come but this one too, at least I hope so.
What stood out to you?