Monday, February 28, 2011
How do you value something?
Mostly it is supply and demand.
Sometimes it is value that is perceived.
Prince Andrew gave an engagement ring to Katie. It was said to have cost around $40,000 when his father, Prince Philip gave it to his mother Lady Diana. However, now it should be worth at least twice that, and given the love of Lady Di around the world, and the controversy around her life, her marriage and her death, it is probably priceless.
Today Jesus talks about value.
44 “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.
This real estate had value. It had value as a piece of land. It had more value depending on the orchards that were already planted, or the water rights it enjoyed, or the possibility of growing crops on it. Maybe it had value for some buildings on it.
But the man who found the abandoned treasure suddenly valued it far above all of that. It had supremely high value to him.
Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is like that.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."
This is much like the blood diamond in Africa, or the Star of India jewel. They are unusually beautiful, and big, and valuable.
Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven is like that.