Updated Mar 9, 2018
Mt 13:47-52 “ Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Yeshua said to [His disciples], ‘Have you understood all these things?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’
Then He said to them, ‘Therefore, every scribe instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure new and old.’ Continue reading “PARABLE OF THE NET (AND OF THE INSTRUCTED SCRIBE)”
Mt 13:44-45 Yeshua’s explanation of the field, the good seed, the tares, the enemy, the harvest, the reapers; “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
After speaking to the multitude, Jesus explains to His disciples the meaning of the parable of the tares, and then begins to speak the final three parables to His disciples only. Let us remember that the first parable of the sower is key to the others (Mk 4:13), and that Jesus – the Teacher, the Rabbi (Mt 23:8-10)—is building upon what He has been speaking to everyone as He continues to teach us about God’s Kingdom. He is not teaching randomly, but purposefully and systematically. The first parables indicate that the reality which the Lord is presenting remains until the harvest at the end of the age: there will be no “millennial kingdom” in the world without the actual literal physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading “PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND OF THE PEARL”
Mt 13:31-35; Mk 4:31; Lk 13:19; Mk 8:15; Lk 13:21 . . . The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches. Another parable [Jesus] spoke to them: the kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.
All these things Yeshua spoke to the multitudes in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, ‘I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.’ (Ps 78:1-2) Continue reading “PARABLES OF A MUSTARD SEED AND OF LEAVEN”
Mt 13:24-30, 13:36-43 Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes; He explained it to His disciples:
–The devil is at work within the world and the Church, with the full knowledge and under the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
–false prophets and teachers (2Pt 2:1-2; Jude 4; Rev 2:20-22)
–a deliberate activity by an enemy to sow bad seed among the good
–God is allowing it, and it will continue till the end/harvest
—all churches have wheat and tares within them
–the bad seed gets sown while men sleep – both naturally and spiritually (Mk 4:27) Continue reading “PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES”
Last week we spoke about the mystery of lawlessness that has been already at work from the Garden of Eden. We mentioned, too, that the devil is out to try to deceive the elect, if possible – not that he can take away our salvation (it is not in his authority to do so), but to at least have us disgrace ourselves and dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ in some way. The only way Satan can ever deceive the elect is to come seemingly as an angel of light, and to make it seem like Jesus is okay in the eyes and ears of believers; when, in fact, his whole scheme is to deceive us about that very thing. The mark of the beast will somehow have to have something to do with Jesus; otherwise there would be very little possibility of deceiving, if possible, the elect when the antichrist is demanding people to obey and to worship him. Do not take for granted that believers will be taken away before the antichrist is revealed: that is a sure way to be open to deception by the devil, who wants to deceive the elect, if possible.
With this mystery of iniquity/lawlessness at work, we want to begin to look at the parables of Jesus to teach about the Kingdom of God/Heaven, and to give an understanding to His disciples. Continue reading “PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED”