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About-Him.Com Devotional 10-25-2003
Jesus spoke the parables of the kingdom to people who thought that they had it all to themselves, no others need apply. Sound familiar? There are hundreds of sects and denominations, with many claiming to be the only way to heaven. Obviously somebody is wrong! I would hope that if somebody thinks I am in error, that they would be like Aquila and Priscilla. They didn't criticize and condemn Apollos, they reasoned the way of the Lord more p e rfectly to him (Acts 18:26).
104: Parable of the Mustard Seed Mt. 13:31-32; Mk. 4:30-32; Lu. 13:18-19
Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Jesus likened the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It is the very smallest of seeds, and yet it grows to a height of ten to twelve feet with large branches. The birds of the air find comfort in it's shade.
Conclusion and Application:
Just as a seed has a genetic blueprint, God has a plan and design for his kingdom. He doesn't get in a hurry. He announced the coming of the Redeemer and established His seed line in the garden of Eden. Many years passed as He dealt with Israel, His chosen people, and tried to prepare them to accept Him as their Messiah when He appeared in the flesh. While the tiny seed of the kingdom of God was taking root, the foundation of the church was being established.
After our Lord's death and resurrection the kingdom began to grow rapidly. Jesus inspired twelve apostles who waited for the promise of the Spirit with one hundred twenty others. Three thousand souls were added when they responded to the apostles preaching at Pentecost. They obeyed the command to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ and we naturally assume that they were baptised in the Spirit in the same manner as the apostles. Soon after five thousand more were added. Within a few short years the gospel had been preached to all of the known world (Acts 17:6). Perhaps Jesus has delayed His second coming to allow a few more to find repentance (II Peter 3:9).
Although we sometimes feel very inadequate in the great scope of things, we will never know what impact we've had on God's kingdom program until we get on the other side (Matthew 25:34-36). Tender words of encouragement and thoughtful acts of kindness that we have long forgotten, are at work in the kingdom, helping it to grow to the full potential that God has ordained (John 15:16).
105: Parable of the Leaven - Mt. 13:33
Matthew 13:33 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 average Jewish woman of that day would use three measures of meal for a week's baking. Many have tried to attach a significance to the number of measures of meal, whether different dispensations of God's dealings with His people or representing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Such interpretations are not justified. We need not attach a special significance to every detail of our Lord's parables. They were meant to make a point, not for endless speculation.
The women would knead in the leaven and it would affect all of the loaves she was baking (Galatians 5:9). God's kingdom has life in and of itself. It will affect anything that it comes in contact with. Our job is to knead the leaven into the meal. God will do the rest (Matthew28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20).
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A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday School presentation. His mother, sitting in the front row to prompt him, gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it didn't help. Her son's memory was blank.
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