Saturday, September 10, 2011

Three More Parables


Matthew 13:24-43 (NKJV)

The parable of the tares among the wheat (24-30), like that of the sower, concerns a field, seed and a crop.

In the parable of the sower, the seed was all good.

Here there is an evil sower who sows tares among the wheat.

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Jesus explained the parable, saying that He is the One who sows the good seed, which represents those belonging to His kingdom (36-43).

The field is the world and the enemy who sows the tares is the devil.

The tares must be allowed to grow because God has those among them who are really wheat and have yet to come to faith in Christ (29-30).

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We must be patient and wait for harvest time, the end of the age, when Jesus comes again (39).

He will then purge His kingdom of all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness and cast them into hell (40-42).

That will be a terrible day for those who are lost, but a glorious day for every true Christian.

“Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (43).

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The parable of the mustard seed (31-32) illustrates ‘the progress of the gospel in the world’.

The mustard seed is very small, but it grows into a tree which is 10-15 feet high and which could shelter birds in the shade of its branches (30-32).

From small beginnings and in spite of intense opposition, the kingdom of God is now established in the lives of people throughout the world.

Let us be encouraged!

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The parable of the leaven (33) shows ‘the progress of the gospel in the heart of a believer’.

When a work of grace begins in the human heart, it is never static.

Little by little, it influences all aspects of the believer’s life as he grows in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Is this apparent in our live?

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