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The Pedlar of Swaffham.

A poor pedlar who rich in faith received a great inheritance.



Having lived most of my life in and around the Norfolk town of Swaffham I’m reasonably familiar with the tale of it’s Pedlar of whom it is said that having dreamed that if he should stand upon London Bridge would hear very good news indeed thought no more of it until he received the same dream the following night, and the night after.

So up he got and set off to London which was a great journey of many days thwart with danger and restless nights sleeping in taverns with one hand upon his purse and the other resting upon a staff.

Still, assured by the dream he pressed on until he found himself standing on London Bridge and with three days past and hearing nothing a curious shopkeeper approached and asked his business.

Having informed the nobleman of his purpose the shopkeeper laughed insisting that only a fool would be moved to venture such a hazardous journey because of a dream. Why he chuckled, even I wasn’t moved by the dream I received only yesternight which spoke of a great treasure buried under a certain oak on the property of a Pedlar in Swaffham, a town I know little of.

And that was enough for our Pedlar who saying nothing of the matter bade him farewell before making his way home with a spring in his step to claim his prize.

So why am I recounting the tale of ‘The Pedlar of Swaffham?’

Consider, located on his property the treasure had always been his yet if he had not been ‘moved by faith’ he should never have claimed it. Likewise, Jesus paid for your salvation long ago which He hid in hope under a tree looking forward to the day when believing His message, you too as our dear pedlar were moved to claim it with a same child-like faith.

1 John 2:2
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

For He has sent out His ‘Good News’ [The Gospel] to the four corners of the earth yet few are moved by faith to reach out and receive their inheritance, but rather mock as did the shopkeeper because of the hardness of a heart petrified by unbelief.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

As foretold by the Law and the Prophets God’s Son has appeared and accounted for the sins of the world, if you believe this allow faith to move you to claim your inheritance for why should you perish?

We have all sinned and done wickedly in our effort to satisfy ungodly lusts because we are fallen but God who must account for every act of disobedience if He is to retain His right standing never forsook us, but rather made a way back when He laid upon His own dear Son the sins of us all, and we receive this grace of forgiveness through faith.

What are you waiting for weary soul, cast off those weights of guilt that make you stoop and turn and see for they are borne by another, even by He whom they hung on a tree.

Matthew 11:29-30
29 - Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 - For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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