Matt. 13: More Kingdom Parables
More Parables, More Followers, More Rejection
In your experience, do business, political and religious leaders give up everything they have to ensure your personal welfare? Or do they ask you to sacrifice for the “greater good” of the organizations they lead? The parables in today’s lesson speak of how King Jesus, though rich, became poor that through His poverty and sacrifice we may have eternal life in His Kingdom. Yet, many reject Him, and they face an ominous judgment for rejecting the only one who can offer them eternal salvation.
Parables of the King’s Love and Sacrifice for His Kingdom
Three of the four parables in today’s lesson speak of King Jesus’ love and sacrifice for the subjects of His Kingdom. Yet in spite of such devotion, many still reject Him. In the Parable of the Hidden Treasue in the Field, a man, upon discovering buried treasure in a field, sells all he has to purchase that field and the wealth it contains. This is a picture of Christ’s sacrifice for the nation of Israel, a nation scattered and beleaguered over the years, but still loved by their Messiah. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price is a similar story of Christ’s love and sacrifice for the Church. And the Parable of Casting the Fishing Net speaks of Christ gathering up His followers, but, sadly, having to discard the bad. Listen to today’s lesson for a better and more thorough discussion of these marvelous parables and their application to your life.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:47-50)
The Parable of the Homeowner
“Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.” (Matthew 13:52)
The final parable in today’s lesson is the Parable of the Homeowner who brings out things new and old from his treasures. You can probably recall going to someone’s house and looking over family photos, or a newly remodeled room in the house, or a new car, or prized antiques, or the flourishing garden by the new deck, or – well, you get the idea. We are proud to show off and discuss those things that are precious to us. In this parable, Jesus instructs those mature in their faith to teach Kingdom truths to others. This Servants Class web site addresses our responsibility to TEACH others to make them disciples of Christ, and that is the message of this fourth parable. CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson.
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If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
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