Jesus does not explain the parables in today’s Gospel. Although most commentators identify the hidden treasure and pearl of great price as the Kingdom of God, what if we are those treasures? Moses told the people before they entered the Promised Land, “The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession.” Then we see Jesus as the one finding us and giving up all that He has for us, as indeed our Lord gave His very life so that we might be with Him forever. These are comforting words for everyone baptized into Christ. We can be sure that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Jesus does not explain the parables in today’s Gospel. Although most commentators identify the hidden treasure and pearl of great price as the Kingdom of God, what if we are those treasures? Moses told the people before they entered the Promised Land, “The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession.” Then we see Jesus as the one finding us and giving up all that He has for us, as indeed our Lord gave His very life so that we might be with Him forever. These are comforting words for everyone baptized into Christ. We can be sure that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The sermon text for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost is from Amos 7:14-15 (ESV).
Amos 7:14-16
[14] Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. [15] But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ [16] Now therefore hear the word of the LORD.
“You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’ (ESV)
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