October 22, 2012

287 - More parables

Kathleen's thoughts

Matthew 13: 31-53, 8: 18, 23-34
Mark 4: 30-41, 5: 1-20

Parables of the mustard seed and the yeast And he said; How can we illustrate the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it/ It's like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground. And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the sky can nest in its shade.
Very interesting this is - When we read God's word it's a seed that is planted in us and when it's watered by the springs of living water this word grows in us and the word shines through us that others know we are His disciples and people want the same (they like nest towards us). 

Jesus us of parables He would speak the word to them with many parables like these, as they were able to understand. And He did not speak to them without a parable. Privately, however, He would explain everything to His own disciples.

Parable of weeds explained He replied; The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed - these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of man will  send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will b sweeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Anyone who has ears should Listen!

The next 3 parables are "The kingdom of heaven is like....
Parable of hidden treasure
Parable of the pearl
Parable of the net
The landowner Have you understood all these things/ Yes, they told Him.
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. When Jesus had finished these parables, He left there.

Jesus calms the storm They came and woke Him up saying "Master, Master, were going to die!' Then He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, Where is your Faith?"
They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, "Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him!"

Jesus casts out demons What is your name? He asked him. "My name is Legion,' he answered Him, because we are many" and he kept begging Him not send them out of the regions Now a large herd of pigs was there, feeding on the hillside. The demons begged Him, "Send us to the pigs, so we may enter them.' And He gave them permission.

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror; for he looks at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was James 1: 22-24


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