“How do the Kingdom parables (Matthew 13) relate to the epistles from Christ to the Churches?”
Parable: Pearl of Great Price
A merchant wanders around, finds an incredible pearl, and buys it with everything he has.
Once again, we miss the point because we’re Gentiles. Pearls are not kosher. Jews had little use for pearls except to trade to those weird Gentile people.
The Missionary Church is going out to acquire a Gentile Treasure for the Lord.
Something else about pearls. They grow by accretion (gradual addition of stuff) as a response to irritation then they’re removed from their place of growth to become an adornment. Huh. Just like the church.