Date: August 30, 2020
Title: The Pearls of Wisdom (Mercy and Truth)
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Speaker: Bob Corbin

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* In our study of the book of Proverbs, we have transitioned into more of a "Topical Approach" in considering the Pearls of Wisdom.
* "A natural pearl (often called an Oriental pearl) forms when an irritant works its way into a particular species of oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, the mollusk secretes a fluid to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating is deposited on the irritant until a lustrous pearl is formed." ( ... The truth recorded in Proverbs can be like that little irritant. It first rubs against you the wrong way and you may initially want to set up your "defense mechanism" against it. But, eventually, given time the truth will work in you to produce something that is extremely valuable!
* Jesus likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a Merchant who was searching for costly pearls. When he found one of great value, he sold everything he had in order to purchase it! (cf. Matthew 13:45-46) There are many valuable pearls to be found in the book of Proverbs!
* We have begun this discovery of the Pearls of Wisdom in Proverbs by using chapter 3 as our springboard. We have considered those truths which have focused upon Life and Health, and Food and Drink. Today, we want to examine the call to embrace mercy and truth.