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Matthew 13:45-46 are 2 verses spoken by Jesus:

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.

My favorite Bible teacher was Dennis Applebee. He lived in England and was in his 90's when I first posted this article on my then Bible Boomer Blog on September 15, 2018. He told us he would not be coming back across the ocean any more. We were favored to hear him teach at the Church Camp in Florida. Here is one of his true stories . . . he began by telling how a pearl is made:

You don't dig it out of the ground. You don't refine it in a jar. You don't even polish it. There it is . . a completely finished thing. How is it made?

A tiny little foreign body, a tiny piece of gravel gets inside the oyster shell. Because the oyster doesn't have the ability to remove it, it takes the calcium carbonate of it's own nature and wraps that tiny bit of gravel around, until it has eventually produced something that is beautiful to behold.

He then quoted this verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21. God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Reverend Applebee then said he had never understood that verse . . . how could He (Jesus) . . Who was sinless . . not just take upon Himself our sin but be MADE sin? Then our speaker went on to tell about a class he took . . a little eccentric Professor. The class was told they would receive a whole morning on numerology.

The Professor had some interesting facts . . every single Hebrew letter has an equivalent number. If it was A . . the number would be 1. B would be 2. C would be 3, etc. When you have a whole word, you have an aggregate of numbers. One of the words for sin in the Old Testament . . if you take the aggregate of numbers made of those letters, it comes to #13. That seemed to ring a bell as we talked about 13 being an unlucky number. When you take one of the names for satan . . which there are many . . it comes to 13 x 13. The Professor then asked if we recalled that there were certain words written over the cross when Jesus was crucified? And do you recall that the Jews objected to the fact that Pilate had written . . the King of the Jews?

"DON'T WRITE THAT!", they said . . write that HE SAID He was the King of the Jews. But Pilate said . . what I have written, I have written . . and he refused to change it. Then the Professor said Pilate COULD NOT change it because put together those words in Hebrew among the other 3 languages . . . comes to

13 X 13 x 13

Which is 13 CUBED


Reverend Applebee's said he nearly jumped out of his seat! He (Jesus) was made sin for you and me! Today my sin in its entirety that was foreign to my nature . . wrapped it around with the calcium carbonate of His own divine nature. Then He hands it back to us and says . . if you want life lived in the center of My will, it will cost you everything you have. (Not your salvation.) But the will of God, the purpose of God for your life.

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