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The Parables of the Kingdom of God

The Parables of the Kingdom of God

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Pastor Larry Dela Cruz
THE WORD "PARABLE" is a transliteration of the Greek "parabole" (para-bow-LAY).It means "to place beside, to cast alongside". It is a story that places one thingbeside another for the purpose of comparison and teaching. It is an earthly storywith a heavenly meaning about the Kingdom of God on earth.The Kingdom of God has come into our world. The good news about the King and HisKingdom are preached. People are being born again, saved and are entering theKingdom of Heaven but there are those who are left out. The Parables show us howpeople come in and how others do not. At the Last day the Harvest or Judgment Dayshall take place and reward the saints and the righteous inherit the Kingdom of Godand the wicked, lazy and evil servants and the sinners shall be thrown out into outerdarkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
On the Kingdom of God
Lk 13:18-21
Thus Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden.
It grew and became atree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.”
Again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God?
It is like yeastthat a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough hadrisen.”
Lk 13:22-30
Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making his way towardJerusalem.
Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So he said to them,
 “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try toenter and will not be able to.
Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door,then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ Buthe will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 
Then you will begin to say, ‘Weate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 
But he will reply, ‘Idon’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’
There willbe weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all theprophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out.
Then people will comefrom east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquettable in the kingdom of God.
But indeed, some are last who will be first, and someare first who will be last.”
The Purpose of Parables
Lk 4:10-12
When he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about theparables.
He said to them,
“The secret of the kingdom of God has been given toyou.
But to those outside, everything is in parables,
so that
although they look they may look but not see,
and although they hear they may hear but not understand,
 so they may not repent and be forgiven
The Use of Parables
Mk 4:34
So with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able tohear.
He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everythingto his own disciples.
The Parable of the Sower
Mt 13:4-9Parable:
A sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birdscame and devoured them.5Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have muchsoil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep.6But when the sun came up,they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered.7Otherseeds fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked them.8But other seeds fell ongood soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.9The one who has ears had better listen!” 
 Key Verse13:8But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much,some sixty, and some thirty. ---
But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the personwho hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirtytimes what was sown.” 
When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evilone comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.
The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediatelyreceives it with joy.
But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble orpersecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away.
The seed sownamong thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing.
But as for the seed sown on good soil,this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred,sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” 
The Parable of the Weeds
Mt 13:24-30Parable

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