Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 140
Context: Jesus, having chosen His twelve disciples, teaches them their mission and tells them to expect persecution. When He upbraids the towns of Galilee and He and His disciples pick corn on the Sabbath, the Pharisees become alarmed. Jesus, however, effectively defends His words and actions and continues His ministry around the Sea of Galilee. As the crowds press upon Him, He gets into a boat and preaches from the sea. Speaking in parables to the people, but interpreting them for the disciples, He explains to them their privilege in understanding His teachings. Later, in another parable, He reenforces His message of the Kingdom of Heaven:
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.