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The depth of our
revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines.
Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Tares
PARABLE OF THE
13:31,32) Another parable
put he forth unto them, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is like to a grain
of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown,
it is the greatest among herbs,
and becometh a tree [What does
that suggest to you?], so that the
birds of the air come and lodge
[Gk: to camp down,
haunt /// encamp, occupy, reside] in the branches [divergent
= Gk: a similitude (“parable”), that is, (symbolically) fictitious
narrative (of common life
conveying a moral): -
comparison, figure, to throw
alongside, (figuratively) to
liken: - arrive, compare.
Illustrated Bible Dict: “mustard
seed” = A plant which grew wild along roadsides and in fields,
reaching a height of about 15 feet. The mustard seed was the smallest seed
known in Jesus’ day.
= Dict: a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody.
= Dict: a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily
growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some
distance from the ground.
“the birds of the air” = When
describing “the way side” in
The Parable of the Sower, the Lord Jesus Christ first delivers the parable
to the multitude, and then interprets the parable for His Disciples: “the
fowls came… the wicked one” (Mat 13:4,19); “the fowls of the air
came… Satan cometh immediately” (Mark 4,15); “the fowls of the air
devoured…then cometh the devil” (Luke 8:5,12). Because Satan himself can
only inhabit one person at a time (presumably the current Antichrist), we
may conclude that the birds are evil and represent his fallen angels,
demons, devils, unclean spirits.
OF THE LEAVEN
Another parable spake he unto
them; The kingdom of heaven is like
unto leaven, which a
woman took, and hid [heavy
connotations of deception] in three
measures of meal [crushed seeds], till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto
the multitude in parables; and
without a parable spake he not unto them:
= Gk: ferment (as if boiling up).
= Dict: 1. a substance, as yeast
or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.
2. an element that produces an
altering or transforming influence. 3. to add leaven to (dough or
batter) and cause to rise.
16:5-12) And when his disciples
were come to the other side, they had
forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take
heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken
no bread. Which when
Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O
ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have
brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves
of the five thousand, and how
many baskets ye took up [twelve
baskets]? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up [seven
baskets]? How is it that ye do not understand that I
spake it not to you
concerning bread, that ye should beware
of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood
they how that he bade them not
beware of the leaven of bread, but
of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees [“and
of the leaven of Herod” Mark 8:15].
Cor 5:6-8) Your
glorying is not good. Know
ye not that a little leaven leaveneth
the whole lump? Purge out
therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a
new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is
sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not
with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness;
but with the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth.
The three measures of meal (crushed seeds) represent the supreme humility of
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost that the woman
“took” and within which she “hid” or mixed or mingled the evil
foreign substance of “leaven” which is conducive to puffing one up into
pride, the opposite of the pure “crushed seed” that brings one down into
PARABLE OF THE
Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found,
he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth
all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
6:19-21) Lay not up for
yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
May we recall from last week that God has made each of us into a
treasure chest (if we are saved, and a coffin if we are not) in the
form of the wooden box of the ark of
the testimony, and as a treasure chest we each contain the wonderful
treasures of the Ten Commandments
(God the father), the golden pot of
manna (God the Son), and Aaron’s
rod that budded (God the Holy Spirit). Hallelujah!
OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a merchant man, seeking
goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one
pearl of great price, went and
sold all that he had, and bought
19:16-22) And, behold, one came
and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal
life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there
is none good but one, that
is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep
the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not
commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and thy
mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The
young man saith unto him, All
these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said
unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow
me. But when the young man
heard that saying, he went away
sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
14:48-53) And Jesus answered
and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with
staves to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took
me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and
fled. And there followed him a
certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his
naked body; and the young
men laid hold on him: And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all
the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
OF THE NET
Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the
good into vessels [Gk:
receptacles], but cast the bad away.
So shall it be at the end of the world
[Gk: aion] [this world order]: the
angels shall come forth, and sever
the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of
fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
28:9-13) Whom shall he teach
knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them
that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept [Heb:
commandment] [vertical] must
be upon precept [Heb:
commandment] [vertical], precept
upon precept; line [Heb: a cord
(for connecting)] [horizontal] upon
line [Heb: a cord (for
connecting)] [horizontal], line
upon line; here a little, and
there a little: For with stammering
lips [Heb: as a buffoon:
mocker] and another tongue
will he [Father God] speak to this
people. To whom he said, This is
the rest wherewith ye
may cause the weary to rest; and this
is the refreshing: yet
they would not hear. But
the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and
there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be
broken, and snared, and taken.
Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea,
Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore
every scribe which is instructed
unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that
is an householder [Gk: the head
of a family, master of the house],
which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.