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Head of the household

Jesus asked the disciples if they had understood these private parables about the Kingdom. They answered yes. Jesus then tells them another aspect of the Kingdom. He said it is like a head of a household who brings out of his treasure things new and old. In other words he is able to show the new and old together as one treasure.

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Descriptions of the Kingdom- the parables-part 4- hidden treasures

Introduction: These two parables are told privately to the disciples. They are only recorded by Matthew. Matthew, who was also called Levi, was a tax collector. He was hated by his countrymen and despised by his employers, the Romans. He collected the taxes for Rome and added extra to be able to acquire wealth. He had his own society of outcast friends and lived comfortably. Then Matthew met Jesus. One day Jesus asked Matthew to leave it all behind and follow Him. Jesus attends a party at Matthew’s home and Matthew sees the love and acceptance Jesus offered. Matthew left it all behind and followed Jesus. Matthew had found the treasure, the pearl in Jesus. Matthew found what he had been searching for without knowing it. What he had longed to find in pleasure and possessions he now fully found in Jesus. In Jesus, Matthew discovered real meaning and purpose in life. In Jesus, Matthew found real love, joy, peace, and contentment. Perhaps this is why these parables stuck in Matthew’s mind. Perhaps this is why the Holy Spirit led Matthew to share them in his Gospel account.

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Descriptions of the Kingdom – the parables-part 3 Mustard Seeds / Leaven / Unseen Growth

Matthew 13:1 tells us that Jesus was sitting in a boat by the seashore when He shared some parables. While in this location by the sea Jesus shared at least 8 recorded parables. 5 of the parables Jesus shared with the whole crowd. 3 of the parables Jesus told to only His followers. Jesus also took the time to explain two of the parables to His followers. Below is a chart to help.

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Descriptions of the Kingdom part - 8

Introduction: Last week we looked at the foundational parable of the sower. Today we seek to glean truths concerning the Kingdom of Jesus from two more of His parables. After Jesus shared the parable of the sower, according to Matthew, He shared the parables of the tares, the mustard seed, and the leaven with the people. Following this Jesus shared with His disciples the meaning of the parable of the tares among the wheat. Jesus then shared with the disciples only the explanation of the tares, and the parables of the hidden treasure, a costly pearl, and the dragnet. If God allows we will be looking at all of these parables in detail in future messages. It is noteworthy however to see which ones Jesus chose to explain and which ones He chose to tell only to His disciples. Today we seek to have ears to hear from Jesus concerning the parable of the tares and the dragnet. Jesus closed out this telling of parables with the question; “Have you understood all these things?

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Descriptions of the Kingdom part - 7

Introduction: The parable of the sower is the very first parable Jesus communicated. This parable is found in three of the Gospels. - Matthew 13:3-23 - Mark 4:2-25 - Luke 8:4-18 Jesus used this parable to begin to describe what the Kingdom of God is like. This parable was used by Jesus to teach the disciples of Jesus the reason why Jesus chose to speak in parables. Some have said Jesus used parables to be able to relate to the people. This is not true. Jesus said the opposite. His speaking in parables actually caused confusion. This is why the disciples asked Him for the reason for His speaking in parables. Jesus communicates in this parable and explanation that to understand, embrace, and experience growth in God’s Kingdom one must be able to receive the seed with good soil. We know from each of these Gospels that the focus of the story is the Kingdom. Each Gospel writer reveals this differently

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