King & Kingdom - Part 4

King & Kingdom - Part 4
Parables of the Kingdom

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Acts 1:1-3

What Kind of Kingdom?

Parables

  • Matthew 13:1-17
    • Method
    • Message
    • Motive
    • Mystery
  • “Then He spoke many things to them in parables”
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    • Earthly stories with a heavenly meaning.
      • LXX translates masal, which includes:
        • Proverbs
        • Riddles
        • Wise sayings
        • Lessons—indicates a comparison

Four Types of Soil

  • Matthew 13:3-9
    • The wayside 
    • Stony places 
    • Among thorns 
    • Good ground 

“The parable conceals truth from those who are either too lazy to think or too blinded by prejudice to see. It puts the responsibility fairly and squarely on the individual. It reveals truth to him who desires truth; it conceals truth from him who does not wish to see the truth.” -- Barclay

Mystery

  • I Corinthians 4:1 “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
  • “We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.”  -- Eugene Peterson

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:24

My yoke is easy, My burden is light. Matthew 11:30