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The Pearl of Great Price

In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus says, “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.” Robert Steinbeck shows this principle in The Pearl

when Kino finds his pearl and he gives up everything to keep it. In this we see a picture

of what Christ did for us.

Kino gave his son for the pearl, in a sense the same way God gave his son for us so

that we could live. In that frame of mind the verse could be interpreted with God being

the merchant and giving up everything to save us from our sins by dying on the cross. In

The Pearl as Kino and Juana walk up the mountain the price of the pearl was finally set; it

would cost them their son. In the same way the price of our souls was set when God sent

his son; it would also cost Jesus’ life.

Steinbeck showed one of the major principles of this verse in a way that has

withstood the ages whether you think that God is the merchant that gave up everything

for us or if we are the merchants that let go of everything to be with God. Applying the

imagery in The Pearl to



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