ParablesBro. David Chancellor
4/9/2006 6:00 PM
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Many of the parables begin, “And the kingdom of heaven is like…” Jesus was trying to show them some of the “secret” things.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
These parables make a point that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, valuable, worth having, and worth putting something into. The kingdom of heaven is to be valued greatly, and is something we should be willing to commit to with all we have.
Cheap pearls are there for the having, but they’re not worth much. This speaks of something that is highly prized. Many today are searching for antiquities in the Middle East. People treasure things that are unique and one-of-a-kind. The kingdom of heaven is one-of-a-kind. It’s worth selling all to get it.
The kingdom of heaven involves commitment - giving all that you have, to receive it.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
The mustard seed is a very small seed, but it grows to something big. People expected the kingdom of God to be a big thing when it came. Instead, it came as a little thing and grew. It may seem small and insignificant in your eyes, but God can cause it to grow and prosper. The people of Christ’s day were looking for a big thing. Jesus told these that it would start out small, but it would grow to be a big thing when they got it. Value it when it is a small thing, and you’ll appreciate it when it is big. Go along only when you have found that it is valuable and right.
Leaven and mustard both grow quietly. It doesn’t explode into what it will become. Our walk with God should be quiet and consistent. The mountain and valley experiences shouldn’t cause us to be inconsistent. The graces of God should continue to grow in us. The kingdom of heaven can grow to fill the whole world. Some thought they had it stopped, but then it would grow out again. See the value in the little things and watch them grow.
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.
Jesus used natural and simple things to illustrate and teach. The kingdom of heaven is about gathering in, showing people the right way. It’s also about separating. Some would bring in and keep everything. We want to gather in and lead to what is right. The wicked will be separated from the just. We want people to see that there is right and wrong, and we need to choose the right. In eternity, the good and bad will be separated. We want to be with the good. We want people to be able to face God with confidence at the end of time. Paul and others were certain they could face God without fear because they’d been made right. We want to go to gathering, but we need to make sure we’re among the good. We don’t want to show up before God without what has been made available to us. Choose to make sure that your soul is clear.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
He compares this to good seed and evil seed being sown. God didn’t sow the evil seed; the enemy did. We want to be the wheat. Some tares became mixed in and claimed to be part of the kingdom. God will allow the tares to stay in because he’s concerned about the wheat. God may allow some things to continue because he is looking out for his people. We want to get the whole harvest, so at times God will allow things to grow and have us bear with it. Keep your commitment to God. What you’re seeing may be a tare and not wheat. There are some things that get sown along the way that you can put off taking care of for the sake of someone’s soul. Some things should be taken care of early, but other things require time to be able to tell what they are. Keep your commitment to God and what is right. Someday a separation will be made. You want to be a part of the kingdom that continues throughout eternity.
Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Jesus spoke some things and then asked if they understood. Once we understand, we’re expected to put the understanding to use. Take what you know and do something with it. Jesus was teaching his disciples and giving them something else to use in spreading the gospel. We want to understand so that we can spread something good. We want people to get the good news. We want to put what we know to work in our lives. Take what you know and share it with others. God wants to use us to reach others. It may start small, but it can grow to be a big thing. Keep your faith and confidence in God and his ability to work with hearts. Continue to gather. We want people drawn to Jesus and have them become a part of his kingdom. Put your knowledge to work.