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Parables of Heaven’s Kingdom


Jesus uses parables in order to explain the kingdom of Heaven.  What are the three things that they all have in common?

Gospel (Read Mt 13:24-43)

In this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus uses parables to teach the large crowd gathered to hear Him at the seashore.  In the first one, He says, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.”  However, during the cover of night, “while everyone was asleep,” an enemy came and sowed weeds all through his field.  The weed, sometimes called “darnel,” looks very much like wheat in its early growth.  It can be harmful if it is ground with wheat later and turned into flour.  In Jesus’ day, personal vengeance sometimes took the form of sowing this weed in an enemy’s wheat field, a punishable crime in Roman law.  In the parable, the slaves ask the landowner if they should pull up the weeds, but they are told, “No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.”  The plants will have to grow together until harvest time.  The weeds will have become more visible by then and no wheat will get uprooted accidentally.

Jesus later explains to the disciples that the Sower of the Gospel is Jesus ,…

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