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The concept of the kingdom of God was very important to Jesus, and he told a of parables about the kingdom to help his followers understand it better. I am so glad he did that! Matthew 13 is a treasure trove of kingdom parables.
Last time we read two parables from the chapter; today, we will visit the remaining ones. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds Parable of the kingdom of god and perch in its branches.
The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough. These are perhaps my favorite, most exciting kingdom parables ever! They suggest that once Jesus introduced the kingdom of God it began to grow and spread by itself! This does not mean we are not agents to promoting the kingdom but that we need not worry about the kingdom faltering or dying out.
In my imagination I see the kingdom spreading from person to person all over the world until it fills the earth. Keep in mind, though, that we should not think of Parable of the kingdom of god kingdom as the church. This is what the kingdom of God is like.
A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come. The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. I believe this speaks to the great priority of the kingdom. Remember that we spoke last time about the importance of commitment to the kingdom ; and there is good reason for such commitment—the kingdom is of the highest importance to us.
Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I am Parable of the kingdom of god that confident. But I do like what Jesus said about bringing out both new treasures and old. I really think that Nicodemus went away changed. And I believe that it was more important to him to be part of the kingdom than to be a Pharisee, but I think it also made him a better Pharisee—new treasures as well as old.
To this we can add conclusions from last time :. What insights do you have? Next time, we will look at one more group of stories before we take a break from our study of the kingdom of God. Jesus without Baggage exists to assist and support those questioning beliefs they have been taught in fundamentalist, traditional evangelical, and other groups. If you know someone who might find Jesus without Baggage helpful, feel free to send them the introductory : About Jesus without Baggage.
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within. If we think of the parables that talk of the Kingdom growing like a mustard seed or like yeast, then the Kingdom seems to be an inner power that is born within us and grows within us, permeating our being with its values and concerns.
This inner power enables us to develop qualities like empathy, compassion, kindness, and motivates us to act on these qualities. The inner qualities that the Kingdom gives us are worth more than anything the external world can give us, because they bring us joy and fulfillment, things that external wealth, fame and power can never give. Whenever anyone acts on these values, they are mixing with the Kingdom, but to truly be of the Kingdom we must value these qualities above all else and make them the guiding principles of our lives.
It is not enough to believe these things: we must also do the work of living these beliefs every day. We are judged by our actions, and not by our beliefs. The inner power of the kingdom is what motivates even the worst people to sometimes be generous and kind. These people are like the tares that grow up with the wheat, and in the end they usually separate themselves from the Kingdom. Like Liked by 2 people.
Evidently you have spent some time thinking about these things. Like Like. Like Liked by 1 person. Why does the parable of the net NOT teach about a burning hell? It sure sound like what I was taught as ! Beth, I would say that what many of us were taught about burning hell was based on misunderstanding passages in the Bible. As in the case of the parable of the tares, Jesus uses exaggerated language and imagery to make a point.
Passages in the New Testament might seem to suggest eternal torment in a burning hell, but they really do not. There is so much richness in the words of Christ, and I love to Parable of the kingdom of god your perspective. I look around—at the present, at the past, at what seems to be looming in the future—and my head tells me that Jesus was wrong.
Are the evils of the American Empire that much different from the evils of the Roman? It has Parable of the kingdom of god sunk deep into the minds of men. What has been presented as Christianity during these nineteen centuries is only a beginning, full of mistakes, not full blown Christianity springing from the spirit of Jesus.
To what new forms of similar service are contemporary followers of Jesus being driven called? There are indeed sporadic outpourings of the Holy Spirit, genuine works of discipleship here and there to which we can point, and I include JWOB among them. But are they enough to sustain us? Are they enough these days to allow our belief to override our unbelief? Remember that the kingdom is within us—and invisible. Despite everything, I think the kingdom continues to expand apace.
I also agree that there will likely be a dramatic resurgence and advance as we get closer to the final transition of the earth to the kingdom. I look forward to that time. Newton, I followed the link to the article, and I must say it was very disturbing. I battle with the same questions and ideas you raised in your reply, as i think many of us do. It is so disturbing to see things like global warming, the disappearance of countless species, and the effects of unchecked technology, ect, ect. In fact, it often le me into very dark thoughts. And I, too, have often wondered where the power of Christianity lies in such a world.
All I have to offer is a few thoughts that have been forming in my mind for a while now. They are still not fully developed and there are still a lot of parts where I have no answer, but if you will bare with me, I will attempt to put them into words.
First of all, I think we make a big mistake when we look to the external world and expect to see the values of the Kingdom guiding it. The external world of institutions, corporations, religious and governmental bodies are really not based on the values that Jesus taught. What matters most to them is power, wealth, fame, profit, etc. They may give lip service to kindness, compassion, etc. I think the only proper response to this for followers of Jesus is to make sure that power, wealth and fame, the values of the false self, do not control us and our behaviour, but that we keep striving to be an example of the values that do matter: kindness, acceptance, etc.
Parable of the kingdom of god should rejoice when we see even small glimpses of these values in the external world, but we should also remember that Jesus said His Kingdom is not of this world, and that He did not attempt to establish His Kingdom by political or institutional means. The values of the Kingdom cannot be legislated into being, but must be born within us by the power of God.
And I think this is the very place where Christianity stumbled in a major way. For the most part, we have given our power away to external institutions and have believed that by being a part of these institutions and following their instructions we have entered into the kingdom. The analogy of the branch being separated from the vine and therefore being unable to produce any fruit expresses this perfectly.
The external world does not abide with Jesus, and therefore we see no fruit of the Kingdom appearing very often in this world. But what about us? Do we abide in the Vine? How much time do we actually spend just being with Jesus in our internal world? Christianity has wonderful valueswonderful fruits Galatiansfruits that the world desperately needs, but these fruits can only be produced from within individuals who value these fruits enough to spend time with the power of God within in order to grow them.Parable of the kingdom of god
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The Gospels: Matthew Parables of the Kingdom