Number 153, signs and symbols

I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer.  Amazingly I grasped the explanation.  Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. 

I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics.  I’d failed at maths at school, I had a lot of painful memories from the classroom. 

As a child in a crucial year before high school, I had a teacher who wrote the equations on the board without me being able to see.  All I could see was his back, and he wouldn’t let me move.  This went on for a whole year.  After getting him again the following year, it was game over as far as maths was concerned.  I learned nothing.

I didn’t have the internet where I could have taught myself from helpful websites.  I couldn’t even take my maths book home. I didn’t have parents or older siblings to help me.  “She can’t learn,” my mother was told.

In order to learn the subject, I had to overcome the teacher’s curse, the bad memories, and my loathing for maths.  Fortunately I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

But I kept complaining to God.  “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “we’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me.  Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it!  It was a big ask.

In Proverbs 4, a Father’s instruction, He said; “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7.

I never did use statistics in my business. But let me show you what I did learn.  The first things I learned in statistics were Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams.  These form the basis of the wonderful things God showed me later.  I am going to explain some cryptic but important signs and numbers contained in the Bible.

I’ll put the maths down at the bottom of the post.

The miraculous catch of fish was the last miracle Jesus ever performed.  153 fish were caught when the disciples went fishing after the resurrection and Jesus showed up.  John 21

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. John 21:10

153 is a triangular number which adds from 1 to 17.

153 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4+ 5+ 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 +13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17.

Five factorial, or 5! is  120.  It’s expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

Do you recognise the number 120?  The church started off with 120 believers in Jerusalem, In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) …”  Acts 1:15

The sum of the factorial numbers is 153, expressed as this, 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1!

So now you know the meaning of the 153 fish.  The first disciples Jesus called were fishermen.  He said to Simon Peter and Andrew, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-21

The Vessel of Fish

Imagine two circles, where God is in one circle, and people are in another.  Now join the two circles so they overlap.

I’m going to use the two circles of the Vesica Piscis, which literally translates as the “Vessel of Fish.”

In this “Vessel of Fish,” we have two circles, where one represents God and the other man.  Jesus is in the overlapping area as the intersection of God and Man.  That’s why he called Himself both “The Son of God” and “The Son of Man.”

Any person who comes to God through Christ is “in Christ.”

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Vesica Piscis

153 represents the width of the Vesica Piscis, the Vessel of Fish.  Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer worked that out.


The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vessel of Fish (the Vesica Piscis) to the width (153) across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

fish1So we’ve got the square root of three, the number three representing God in the form of the Trinity, and 153 representing the catch of fish and the Vessel of Fish.

power plugAlso interesting is that 1.732 is used in measuring power.  In electrical engineering, wattage = voltage x amp x power factor x 1.732.  It reminds me of Christ being referred to as “the power and the wisdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24.

moonAnother interesting square root is that of 153.  The square root of √ 153 is 12.369, the amount of full moons in one year.

Signs and symbols

Just as the moon can hide itself, in Isaiah 8 the Lord spoke of hiding his face from Israel and binding up his testimony among the disciples.  The fish and the number 153 are for signs and symbols.  “Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.”  Isaiah 8:11-18.

The sign of Jonah

Do you understand now what Jesus meant when he gave the Teachers of the Law the Sign of Jonah?  He was in the vessel of the fish for three days and nights.

The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  Matthew 12:38-42.



The Greek word for fish is “ichthys.”  Christian used the icthys symbol which incorporates the Vesica Piscis shape to identify themselves.  As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.

No symbol means the same thing to all people at all times.  Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Probably because it was in the constellation of Pisces.

Hence the fish, unlike, say, the cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers. When threatened by Romans in the first centuries after Christ, Christians used the fish mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes.


Thanks for reading this.  I hope I’ve explained the maths, the signs and the symbols clearly.  Hopefully it will satisfy both the Jews and the Greeks.

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corintians 1:22-24


Christian symbol on a paving stone at the Temple of Apollo, Didim, Turkey. Note the fishing net.

After writing about the signs God used with fish, I came across this.  Is the Lord still using fish for signs?  Why wouldn’t he?   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Fish with cross

The Maths


Factorial is the product of all positive integers less than or equal to the number you start with.  You put a ! after it to show its factorial.  So here’s an example, starting off with the number five.

5! is 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120,
4! is 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24,
3! is 3 x 2 x 1 = 6,
2! is 2 x 1 = 2,
1! is 1 x 1 = 1

So five factorial is 120, expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

The sum of five factorial, 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1! is 153.

Venn Diagram

In a Venn diagram, two circles are joined, with an overlapping area representing a set.  The region in both circles, where the two sets overlap, is called the intersection.

Archimedes work “On the Measurement of the Circle.” 

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer applied the square root of three (√3) to the number 265 divided by 153 in his ratios for the Measurement of the Circle.  It is not known how he determined this.
Source: Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Archimedes circle

Archimedes used these ratios as upper and lower bounds ‘On the Measurement of the Circle.’

So if you make the intersection of two circles a height of 265, the width will equal 153.  The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vesica Piscis to the width across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

The square root

In mathematics, a square root of a number a is a number y such that y2 = a; in other words, a number y whose square (the result of multiplying the number by itself, or yy) is aFor example, 4 and −4 are square roots of 16 because 42 = (−4)2 = 16.

What are my qualifications to back this up?  I’ve been reading the Bible for 25 years, I am a member of the Body of Christ with a teaching gift, and I am a child of God.  I should also mention I passed University level Statistics!

God indeed chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

I’ve also blogged about it from a different perspective on my other blog ‘Red Sky in the Morning,’ Go fish.

Related post about my struggle with statistics: The wall


Vesica piscis

Venn diagram

Square root

Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Meaning of Numbers in the Bible The Number 120

Fundamentals of Electricity – Watt’s Law – Three Phase


The mystery of the Kingdom of God

OnionWhat makes your eyes fill with tears, without feeling sad?  You’ve probably guessed it – an onion. 

Like an onion, the Word of God has many layers.  Christ told many parables. His parables are the top layer, with many layers of meaning underneath.

Some of his parables were about the land owner, sabbaths, festivals and harvests.  The first parable Jesus told in Mark chapter 4  was the Parable of the Sower.  To the disciples and those with the twelve it was given them to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

“When He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables …”  Mark 4:10

I’d like to share some of the layers I’ve peeled back over the 25 years of reading the Bible, and show you patterns I’ve discovered in the word.  I’d love to hear your insights as well.

Here’s some insight on the number fifty: Number fifty, what does it signify?


Mark 4:26


God talks back

hearingGodMy book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” starts with my great-great grandmother Anna, a deaf woman who lost her hearing soon after her arrival in New Zealand in 1875.  Anna spoke German and never did learn English. 

Her hearing and language difficulties must have impeded her relationship with others, and NZ would have been a horrible country for a German to be in during World War 1 in 1914-18.  She would have gone through that period with the mute button on.

How many of us go through our spiritual journey with God with the mute button pressed?  Not because we’re in hostile territory – but from a lack of belief.  I mean how many of us believe we can have a back and forth conversation with God?

I’ve recently finished reading a book at the moment by Mark Holloway called “The Freedom Diaries, God Speaks Back.”  It’s true.  He does.  I learned that for myself on the 2nd Jan 1994.  That was the day my life changed.

When God first started talking to me, I wasn’t on “the right path.”  Some people who knew my situation doubted I could hear God.  They believed I had to “get right with God” before hearing him like I was doing.  Some couldn’t hear him for themselves and believed it was just wishful thinking on my part.

Doubt can creep in after he speaks.  Did God really say that?  Listening to them made me question things.  Why would God speak to me when I wasn’t right with Him?

the-sowerGod likens his word as seed for the sower (Isaiah 55:10-11).  He said it shall not return to Him void.

But the birds can scoop up the seed.  Jesus told a story in Matthew 13:3 of a farmer who went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.”   He explained that “when anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.” Matthew 13:19.

The birds are often a symbol for demonic forces.  Jesus likened the mustard tree which grew from the smallest seed planted in the field to the Kingdom of Heaven, or Kingdom of God.  And the birds come and nest in it’s branches. (Matthew 13:31).

How could I stop the birds from snatching my seed?  God headed that one off by inspiring me to write down the message about the Kingdom.  He inspired me to write about a King, a Princess and a Kingdom, and to record the conversations the Princess had with the King.

So I created a world where it was safe for me to hear him, and the King started guiding “the Princess.”  Wonder of wonders, when I was writing in my epic journal I could hear Him. God became a real character in my story.  He actually replied and conversed with me.  At some points we even see the story from His perspective.

Within a year of writing about “The Kingdom”, my life began to change and eventually the things the Princess heard “in the Kingdom” started to happen in real life.

I invite you to come and read what happened.  If you contact me I’ll offer the eBook free for a review.

Are you interested in hearing from God yourself?  Here’s a helpful sermon by Pastor David Wilkerson of Ttimes Square Church, Hearing and Knowing the Voice of the Lord.


That sneaky woman

yeastHere’s another parable that’s difficult to explain;  “The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”  Matthew 13:33

The trouble with this parable is that leaven (yeast) is likened to pride and sin!

Some say that in this instance leaven is a good thing. It means the good news of the Kingdom will change the whole world, and then the Kingdom of God will come.  I don’t think so.  There’s nothing to back that up in scripture – nor has it come to pass.  How many of us have families who are all following the Lord?  The gospel brings persecution – not peace.  Jesus, when he was talking about persecution, said “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”  Matthew 10:34-36. 

Let’s look at what Jesus meant when he said “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  Matthew 24:14.  If you read this in context you’ll see he’s talking about the tribulation after the disciples asked him about the end times.  I believe he’s speaking of the preaching of the two witnesses and the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, after the Church has gone.  Because he said in the next sentence that when they see the Abomination of Desolation in the temple, to run for the hills.  Matthew 24:15.  And he was speaking to the Jews because he said to pray that their flight did not take place on the Sabbath.  Matthew 24:20.

So what did Jesus mean by “the Kingdom of Heaven being like leaven?” Well, lets look at what was specified for offerings in Leviticus;

On the eighth day they must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths of an ephah (three measures) of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, and one log of oil.” Leviticus 14:10

So the woman sneaked leaven into the offering.

Jesus said I AM the Bread of Life.  He is bread without leaven.  This unleavened bread has stripes.

The Body of Christ is likened to bread, but unlike Jesus, it has leaven.  “Is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?  Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.”  1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The leaven has had 2,000 years to rise!  It’s really puffed up in some places.

There’s different types of leaven, just as there’s different types of yeast. OtEAV3iFirst, Jesus warned about the leaven of the Pharisees:  “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  Mark 8:15Matthew 16:6-11  He explained that the yeast of the Pharisees is hypocrisy.  Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1

In Matthew 23, A Warning Against Hypocrisy, he pronounced seven woes on the Teachers of the Law and said “You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” Matthew 23:13.

And then there’s sexual sin.  Sexual immorality is leaven within the church, destroying its fellowship. Paul took on the church at Corinth who were proud of their tolerance.  They had sexual sin of the kind that even the pagans didn’t tolerate.  He said,

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens [ferments] the whole lump [of dough]? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump [fresh dough], as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 RSV)

(The festival that Paul told the church at Corinth to celebrate was the Festival Of Unleavened Bread that the Jews observe at Passover.)

Finally, in the book of Galatians 5:9, Paul speaks of leaven, this time in connection with legalism, with trying to put people under the Law.  Christ came to set us free from that.  When I was handed my baton (Chapter 74 The Year Of Inheritance) and told to run my race, (Hebrews 12) I was warned about this.  The legalism for me came in the form of prosperity doctrine.  And it was subtle.  The leaven was well and truly hidden.  It did hamper me from running my race, until we got out of that church.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.  “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”  Galatians 5:7-9.

Now we don’t know who the sneaky woman was who introduced the leaven.  It could be Jezebel, mentioned in Revelation 2:20.  That spirit likes to promote immorality.  It twists and distorts the truth, teaching so-called secret things.

As for things done in secrecy, Jude warned For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude v4.

Jude was the brother of Jesus Christ, and one of the Twelve Apostles appointed by Jesus to lead his Church, and he urged Christians to contend for the faith.  In England, on the same day the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation was celebrated at Westminster Abbey, the peers voted to allow David Cameron’s same-sex marriage Bill to continue its passage through parliament.  The Queen, who is called “the Defender of the Faith” broke her oath by signing the Bill into law the following month, July 2013.  Within months England had a string of severe storms and floods in the UK, beginning with the St. Jude storm on 27-28 October 2013, which was also known as CycloneChristian’.  Prime Minister Cameron called the UK floods ‘biblical’ after the Thames burst it’s banks on 11th Feb 2014, but I don’t know if Britain noticed the sign about Jude.  (I wrote about it in my other blog Red Sky in the Morning.)

Jude also warned against those who run greedily in the error of Balaam, who prophesies for profit.  (Jude 11 and Revelation 2:14).

We have to accept that there will be leaven in the bread, but we can combat it by knowing our Bible.

Timothy, pastor at Ephesus between AD 64-66, wrote “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16.

Finally, a bit of trivia.  The word “yeast” comes from Old English gist, gyst, and from the Indo-European root yes-, meaning “boil”, “foam”, or “bubble.”

It brings to mind the opening scene from Macbeth where the witches are going “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”

I think the sneaky woman with the leaven would have got on just fine with the witches.

Get the gist?

That widow who never gave up

This means warI’ve been asking the Lord what he meant by the question he asked “When the son of man returns, will he find faith?  Luke 18:8.

When Jesus asked this question, he’d been describing a courageous, indomitable widow who did not give up her petition for justice.  ‘Grant me justice against my adversary,’ she petitioned the judge in Luke 18:3.  He used her to show us what prevailing prayer looks like,

He told me to read the parable.  It’s been another parable I didn’t like because it left me wondering whether God was like the judge.  But after asking the question about what he meant by faith, I could see he wanted us to look at the widow.

War RoomHe confirmed by sending me to see a movie last night called “The war room.”  Now I had no idea what it was about.  The way it started off, I thought it was going to be a war movie.  No, it was about a widow, a prayer warrior who befriended a younger woman and taught her how to pray without giving up.

This is what this widow prayed;

Raise them Lord that will call upon your name.
Raise those who love you and seek you and trust you.
Lord, we need an army of believers who will stand upon your word above all else.
Raise up warriors Lord, who will fight on their knees, who will worship you with their whole hearts Lord.
Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I pray these things with all my heart.
Raise them up Lord, raise them up!

This is the kind of faith he’s looking for when he returns. This is what God’s army looks like.

The movie was held in a secular movie theatre, and when it ended, the audience clapped.  This is the kind of faith the world respects.

It’s challenged me.  I recommend you go see this movie.

That poor widow


38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” Mark 12:38-43

How many of us have heard the story of the widow’s mite as an example of sacrificial giving?  Jesus made the observation that she gave more than all the rich people.  He did not commend her for that.  He just stated a fact after warning about the Teachers of the Law, who liked to devour widows houses!  (Mark 12:38-43)

When he did talk about commending people, he used the example of the unjust steward! (Luke 16) Really?  How does that work?  I asked the Lord for his wisdom on that, because it appeared he was being contradictory.

I was at work, so he gave me an example from my business.  Say I order a really expensive computer part, but the customer doesn’t follow through on the order and I can’t return it.  I’m going to be in trouble with Bert, my husband and business partner, because I didn’t get a 50% deposit and it has to go in stock.  I decide to sell it at cost.  I tell the next customer that I’ll give them a 30% discount on it.  I’ve lost my profit on the item but Bert is happy because he’s got the money back, and the customer is happy.  That’s what the unjust steward did after getting into trouble with his master.

Jesus said the master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (Luke 16:8)
He certainly wouldn’t have been commended if he’d used the master’s money to curry favour for himself.

We’re told to use unrighteous mammon (worldly wealth) to gain friends for ourselves, so that when it is gone, we will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.  But we’re not to serve mammon.

How can the use of unrighteous mammon welcome you into eternal dwellings?  Well, if it’s used to build on God’s foundation, the builder will receive a reward, when the day brings our work to light.  1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

When Jesus warned you can’t serve two masters; God and mammon, he said to lay up treasures in heaven; Matthew 6:19

plater_02The Bible warns about being exploited by false teachers who will make merchandise out of us.  They are ferocious wolves, not sparing the flock.  You’ll know them by their fruit.  They will look like sheep, nice guys who identify with the common people – but they’ll love money, just like the Pharisees of old.  Listen to what they’re preaching, and have a look at their lifestyles.

The historian Josephus (himself a Pharisee) claimed that Pharisees received the full-support and goodwill of the common people, apparently in contrast to the more elite Sadducees, who were the upper class.  (Source:  The Pharisees loved money. (Luke 16:14).

With feigned words they’ll make merchandise of you.  They talk about the law of sowing and reaping.  Money doesn’t grow on trees and I haven’t seen a harvest after people “sowing” it.  If you sow money into their ministries you’re sowing your talent into the ground, where it’s not going to yield any fruit.  Well, it will yield fruit for them in the form of cash.  There is a proverb that says “From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.”  Proverbs 18:21

They trot out Malachi 3:8, knowing that it’ll work.  After all, no one wants to rob God!  They should be reading the previous chapter Malachi 2:1-9.  The one that starts “And now, you priests, this warning is for you.”

Here’s what the New Testament has to say about sowing and reaping;
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Galations 6:7-8.Malachi 3-8

So if a person sowed for financial abundance, they’re sowing to please their flesh.

Another verse about sowing is in the parable of the talents, (Matthew 25:14-29) where the master came and settled accounts with his servants. The one who’d only had one talent had buried it in the ground.  He sowed it, so to speak. Through fear!  Because he thought the master was harsh.  What was he afraid of?  Robbing God?  But Jesus pointed out that this master does not obey the law of sowing and reaping!  “He reaps where he has not sown and gathers where he has scattered no seed. (Matthew 25:24-26, said twice)

Did you know Baal is the god of prosperity?  I believe the devil is trying to get believers to sow into the natural (the flesh) so they’ll build on a foundation that is not Christ, thus affecting their treasures in heaven (spiritual inheritance).  And it will frustrate God’s purposes by diverting funds away from the Kingdom of God.  And THAT is robbing God.

Now who do you think encouraged the poor widow to give?  The Teachers of the Law!  Oh by the way, true religion is taking care of widows and orphans.  James 1:27.  What’s wrong with this picture!

Now I’m not against giving.  I’m for being wise, being a good steward of my money, and having the freedom to give joyfully.  I love investing in the kingdom of God.  Did you know you can even loan God money?
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.  Proverbs 9:17

But I’m not going to allow religious leaders to take away my freedom, or my riches in heaven.  We are not under law when it comes to our giving.  Anyone who references the Old Testament law to compel giving is a Teacher of the Law.  Watch out for them.  And don’t “sow” into their “ministries”.

God bless.  I’d love to hear your comments.  Next chapter, I’m going to tell of my own experiences with the tithing and sowing doctrine.

The Kingdom and the Pearl

What does the Kingdom look like?  Jesus used a story about a pearl to tell us about His Kingdom.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:45-46

Pearl, Kingdom of Heaven

First, let’s look at the pearl.  A pearl is formed from an injury to a mollusc or oyster.  If a grain of sand lodges inside the shell it causes it great discomfort, and it will deposit a layer of nachre (also known as mother of pearl) around the thing causing the hurt.  This process is called one of nature’s most prized secrets.  For all of our technology  man cannot replicate this phenonoma outside of an oyster.

Let’s look at nachre, the wonderous material that makes up a pearl.  It is not just a soothing substance, it is made up of millions of microscopic crystals, each aligned perfectly so that light passing along the axis of one is reflected and refracted by the other, to produce a tapestry of light and colour. Light reflected from the layers produces the iridescent lustre.

So the pearl is made up of millions of structures, each designed to align perfectly, each reflecting and refracting iridescent light.  Do you see the Kingdom yet?  Let me take you to the gates; The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.  Revelation 21:21

Who is the mechant who seeks these pearls?  He is the one who sought the pearl, found the pearl, recognised it’s value, and gave up everything He had for it.

Pearl and JesusDo you know how valuable a human life is to God?  This is from the Bible;
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them–
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough–so that they should live on forever and not see decay.”  Psalm 49:9

Jesus said of Himself  that “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:28.

Jesus is the merchant, and we are the pearl.  We’ve all been formed out of pain, and He knows it.  Will you see yourself reflected in His eyes?  Will you believe that you are worth a King’s ransom, allow Him to pay the ransom, and become His?