Torah Torah Portion PINCHAS – Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10–30:1
“Upon finding a pearl of great value, he went out and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:46 TLV
Shabbat shalom, dearly beloved!
One of the most leisurely and enjoyable things to do is window shopping. It’s entertaining, satisfies our curiosity and is relaxing. It does not demand any decisions to be made and no monies spent. That is until we see something in some window that captures our attention. Then we normally go into the shop and ask for the price.
If we like it enough (and the seller is a skilled one), we may end up buying the thing we fell in love with, even if it is outside our budget. We will use credit cards, payments, anything to obtain what we strongly desire. Most window shoppers do not have a plan. They just want to see. Then they become “emotional shoppers”. Whatever they get infatuated with they buy, spending more than they could imagine because emotional shoppers are not rational. Anyone can understand that and be sympathetic with an emotional shopper. We all have been one at times!
And how many of us go home with our prized possession (and more credit card debt) only to regret it as we have “fallen out of love”; we have awakened from our romantic infatuation with whatever we bought. Now the only thing left is the stark reality of more credit card debt and less money available for essentials – and by hook and by crook we are going to “enjoy” the thing we paid so much for. Sound familiar?
Thousands of years ago, a remarkable Jewish personality admonished us to “count the cost” of following Him or not following Him. His name is Yeshua; He is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world. But He was not a manipulative salesman. He wanted His People in Israel to follow Him because of deep conviction, because they were persuaded and repentant. Not because they were “enamored” and coveted Him. But out of full awareness that without Him there is no life at all, that without Him they would die spiritually in this life and for eternity!
“For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and figure out the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it?” Luke 14:28 TLV
Emotional window shoppers do not make good followers, as they fall out of love quickly and toss away the great gift of forgiveness and eternal life they received. When we were ministering in Hong Kong in 1992, we called them “rice Christians”. These were people that were willing to study the Word because they got a bowl of rice to eat from the missionaries. But their love of Messiah and His word depended on that bowl of rice. This kind of love does not stand the test of time and does not withstand the End Time hardship and tribulation.
“Yeshua responded to them, “Amen, amen I tell you, you seek Me not because you saw signs, but because you ate all the bread and were filled.” John 6:26 TLV
Yeshua reiterated this in the parable of the Pearl of Great Price. He described a window shopper that discovered this most amazing Jewel, but instead of buying it on credit or out of emotion, he was willing to give everything he owned for it. He went home and sold everything he had, hoping the pearl would still be there. He had burnt all bridges – he had no more savings, no more house, properties, cars or bonds.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. Upon finding a pearl of great value, he went out and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46 TLV
He put EVERYTHING into buying the Pearl and paid the Owner of the Pearl in full. Now he would become the keeper and watchman of that rare Pearl and would display it before all that would appreciate its beauty. He would share it with the world!
“In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 TLV
Which type of window shopper are you? An emotional one or a committed one that has counted the cost, paid the price and has decided that Yeshua and His Kingdom is your life?
But Yeshua said to to him: No one who had put his hand to the plow and looked back is fit for the Kingdom of God. Luke 9:62 TLV
In the days to come the nature of our commitment will be revealed – for the works of all of us will be revealed by the fire.
“each one’s work will become clear. For the Day will show it, because it is to be revealed by fire; and the fire itself will test each one’s work—what sort it is.” 1 Corinthians 3:13 TLV
You still have time to repent and put all you are, all you have and all your future aspirations in His able hands. Then go ahead and follow Him without looking back.
“and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim (Son of God) who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 TLV
Let the Pearl of Great Price (His Kingdom) shine brightly in your hand so all the world can see that you are His Royal Bride and Priesthood!
But also, we are His Pearl of Great Price.
He gave His all to purchase us. Now it is our time to shine in His Hand.
“The Ruach (Spirit) and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come—let the one who wishes freely take the water of life!” The Revelation 22:17 TLV
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