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Why does Jesus tell the world stories and to those who desire to learn at His feet, He explains plainly as plain can be?
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Christ does not cast Perls before swine. Deep always call to the deep.
Matthew 13: 24-26 He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
27 “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’
28 “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’
“The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’
29-30 “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.'”
34-35 All Jesus did that day was tell stories—a long storytelling afternoon. His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy:
I will open my mouth and tell stories;
I will bring out into the open
things hidden since the world’s first day.
The Curtain of History
36 Jesus dismissed the congregation and went into the house. His disciples came in and said, “Explain to us that story of the thistles in the field.”
37-39 So he explained. “The farmer who sows the pure seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of the Devil, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels.
40-43 “The picture of thistles pulled up and burned is a scene from the final act. The Son of Man will send his angels, weed out the thistles from his kingdom, pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen. At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?
Comment: This is not time to fret, get discouraged of the terrible happenings in, around and outside the Church. Gods kingdom is not about quantity(number of people) but quality(The Christ likeness in the people! No matter how few). Remember, Jesus said the way that leads to life is very narrow and only a few go through it. It is not about activity, it is not just confessing Christ, it is about the everyday Christ in us person person with fruit of righteousness as living proof.Confessing Christ gets me at the door but it is obedience to Christ ordinances that keeps me in. It is time to get busy at doing the work of the kingdom by bringing the lost into the kingdom and discipling them, making them ready as pure seed for the harvest. At the fullness of time, God will take care of the thistles or weeds. I commit to be the pure seed. How about you?
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