Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 17, 2015

Counting the Cost: “upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 18.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+18&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“18 When these went into Micah’s house and took the graven image, the ephod and household idols and the molten image, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?”  19 They said to him, “Be silent, put your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest.  Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?”  20 The priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod and household idols and the graven image and went among the people.

21 Then they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the livestock and the valuables in front of them.  22 When they had gone some distance from the house of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah’s house assembled and overtook the sons of Dan. 23 They cried to the sons of Dan, who turned around and said to Micah, “What is the matter with you, that you have assembled together?” 24 He said, “You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and have gone away, and what do I have besides?  So how can you say to me, ‘What is the matter with you?’”  25 The sons of Dan said to him, “Do not let your voice be heard among us, or else fierce men will fall upon you and you will lose your life, with the lives of your household.”  26 So the sons of Dan went on their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.

27 Then they took what Micah had made and the priest who had belonged to him, and came to Laish, to a people quiet and secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword;  and they burned the city with fire.  28 And there was no one to deliver them, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone, and it was in the valley which is near Beth-rehob.  And they rebuilt the city and lived in it.”  Judges 18:18-28.

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The priest counted the cost, and he concluded that it was best for him to leave the house of Micah and be a priest to the tribe of Dan.

Micah and his neighbors counted the cost, and they concluded that it was best for them to back down and not fight against the sons of Dan who took Micah’s graven image, the ephod and household idols and the molten image.

The sons of Dan counted the cost, and they concluded that they could wage war and be victorious over the people of Laish.

All of this counting the cost in today’s Scripture points us to what Jesus said in Luke 14:28-33.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’  Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.  So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”  Luke 14:28-33.

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,”  Philippians 3:7-9.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again;  and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Matthew 13:44.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:45-46.

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