The kingdom of heaven means…

For my final post of this old year, I’ll be finishing my series on the kingdom of heaven – though, of course, infinitely more could be said.  I’d started this study for myself to gain a better understanding of this oft-used and […]

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The Kingdom of heaven is…now and not yet

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd […]

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The kingdom of heaven is…difficult to enter

  It’s hard to see, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the kingdom of heaven is hard to enter.  Of course, this isn’t exactly a comforting thing to hear.  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…a landowner

So the kingdom of heaven is sometimes a merchant, sometimes the treasure; sometimes a tiny seed, sometimes the sower and sometimes the landowner.  Matthew 20:1-16 is the “first shall be last” parable, for in it, the landowner who hires people at different points throughout the day […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…ten virgins

We return to wedding imagery in this parable, where ten virgins go to meet the bridegroom, five wisely with oil for their lamps and five, foolishly without.  When the five virgins without oil realized they didn’t have enough to keep their lamps […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…a king, part 2

This time, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepares a feast and invites people via his slaves.  They brush off the invitation so the king sent different slaves, but the invitees either had better things to do and/or killed […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…a king, part 1

Matthew 13 isn’t the only place where parables about the kingdom of heaven can be found.  Jesus tells another one in Matthew 18:23-35 about a king, a forgiven servant and an unforgiven servant.  You’ve probably heard this one: the king orders a […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like….a net

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.  So it […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…a merchant

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).   The word Jesus begins this parable with – again […]

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The kingdom of heaven is like…buried treasure

Without so much as taking a breath after His explanation of the parable of the weeds, Jesus launches rapid-fire-style into three more parables.  The three parables in Matthew 13:44-50 are literally part of the same quotation as the explanation of the parable of […]

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