Well, it’s been a while since I did a parable blog post. InThe Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price, I talked abouthow we as Christians should beobtaining the true treasure of the Kingdom of God; which is having an eternal life with Christ and being renewed by Him every day when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior over our lives. In this parable, I just want us to think of ourselves as the dragnet or net that comes to catch fish of every kind and draw them into a relationship with Christ.
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What does it mean to be the Dragnet in the Kingdom of Heaven?
Well, what is a dragnet? A dragnet is a net designed to encircle a large area and gather fish near the bottom of a lake. So, if a dragnet is designed to catch fish, then what does that make us as disciples of Christ? In my opinion, I think this means that as disciples of Christ, we are tasked with gathering the “fish” or people of every kind and make disciples of every nation; just as Jesus commanded we do before He ascended into Heaven.
However, as the “dragnet” that will be used to bring people to Christ, we as Christians and as people should also remember that we are still human. In Matthew 13:47-48, Jesus gives us a depiction of not only what happens to disciples of Christ but also to those that reject Him and turn away from His gift of eternal life.
“47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48. which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.”Read More »
What does it mean to be the leaven of the Kingdom of God?
Well, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, but what is leaven? Leaven or yeast is what was used by bakers to make the bread rise and expand and grow; just like the Kingdom of Heaven. Like the previous parables, the Parable of the Leaven focuses on the Kingdom of Heaven from the Holy Spirit as said in Matthew 13:33. Although the shortest of the previous four parables, the Parable of the Leaven will give us insight into how God’s kingdom is meant to grow.
Well, today we will be discussing the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the growth of the Kingdom of God. In my previous blog posts, I discussed Building a foundation on Jesus Christ, what was the foundation (the soil) of your heart, and the tares that are planted to destroy and uproot the wheat of the field; but today, I will be discussing the mustard seed and how; when sown into the ground becomes the tree of God’s Kingdom in Matthew 13:31-32.
“31. Another parable He put forth to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32. which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”Read More »
Are you the wheat or the tare sown into the good soil?
According to Webster’s dictionary; a tare is “An undesirable or bad element that endangers the well-being of what is good and beneficial.” If a tare is undesirable and endangers the well-being of what is good; what does that say about our relationships with people or our relationship with God.
If you look in your Bible, you will see that the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares comes right after the Parable of the Soils (see Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23) and I like how Jesus; in my opinion ties the parable together. In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we will see how Jesus compares people to either the wheat or the tares.
If you have not read ( Part 1 and Part 2) of this series, you may check those out before continuing with the blog post.
“24. Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25. but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheatand went his way. 26. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?
28. He said to them, “An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29. But he said to them, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”Read More »
In the beginning of this series, I talked about how Jesus was referencing the “house” as us; the people and Christians who are called to be the “temples” of the Holy Spirit and how if we don’t have Christ as our foundation then we will be like the “FOOLISH” builder who built his house on the sand and was swept away by the rain, floods, and storms.
Today, I will be expanding on the topic of foundation with the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23 where the four soils represent us as human beings and the mindsets of our hearts.
Today, I will be starting a series that will focus on Jesus’s parables throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each of the parables, I will be examining the context of each parable and giving a biblical perspective too often times various issues in our lives. Throughout this series, I pray that you gain a better understanding of who Jesus is and His immense love for us and how God wants us to live our lives. Each parable blog post will be featured on Tuesdays.
At the end of each parable’s blog post, there will be a PDF file linking to the Bible Study Notes for that parable.
What is a parable?
A parable is a story told by Jesus that has a metaphorical meaning which can be applied to our lives. One such parable is the Parable of the Two Builders; a well-known bible narrative told to young children but has a much deeper meaning. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells the story of two builders; one who is called “WISE” and the other who is called “FOOLISH”, but the teaching is in the parable.