Sunday, January 21, 2018

Rutherford: the pearl

Sunday, January 21, 2018
    Feast of Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304
    [Jesus:] “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
    “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
    —Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV)
    See that you buy the field where the Pearl is; sell all, and make a purchase of salvation. Think it not easy: for it is a steep ascent to eternal glory: many are lying dead by the way, that are slain with security.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Feb. 20, 1637, p. 193 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 13:44-46; Ps. 4:6-7; Pr. 23:23; Matt. 24:43; Eph. 3:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-6; 2 Pet. 3:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Kingdom is more precious than the whole world.
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