Breakthrough - The Kingdom of God Part 4

  1. The Kingdom of God - The Mystery of the Kingdom
    1. Last time we looked at the parable of the Sower (it’s actually about the four soils) - we introduced the idea of the mystery of the kingdom. I want to build on that by looking at two other parables Jesus told - one about weeds and another about yeast
    2. The Parable of the Weeds 
      1. Matthew 13:24-30 “Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
        1. Jesus affirms that in the midst of the present age, while society continues with its mixture of the good and the bad, before the coming of the Son of Man and the glorious manifestation of the Kingdom of God, the powers of that future age have entered into the world to create ‘sons of the kingdom,’ those who enjoy its power and blessings. 
        2. So, the kingdom has come but society is not uprooted. This is the mystery of the Kingdom. 
        3. The Kingdom has come into history but in such a way that society is not disrupted. 
        4. The children of the kingdom have received God's reign and entered into its blessings. 
        5. They must continue to live in this age. Intermingled with the wicked in a mixed society. 
        6. The Kingdom that is present but hidden in the world will yet be manifested in glory.
    3. The Parable of the Yeast
      1. Matthew 13:33 “He told them still another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.’”
        1. This parable teaches that one day the Kingdom of God will rule over all the earth, but has now entered into the world in a form that is hardly perceptible. 
        2. The Kingdom of God is destined to permeate all human society until all the world is transformed by a process of gradual penetration and inner change. 
        3. One day the Kingdom will prevail to such an extent that no rival sovereignty exists. The entire mass of dough becomes leavened. 
        4. In Jesus’ day and age, the irresistible character of the eschatological Kingdom was understood by all Jews and would mean a complete change in the order of things. 
        5. The present evil order of the world and of society would be utterly displaced by the Kingdom of God. 
      2. But Jesus’ ministry appears to have initiated no transformation like that. He preached the presence of the Kingdom but the world went on as before. How then could this be the Kingdom? 
        1. Jesus’ reply was that when a bit of yeast is put into a mass of flour, nothing seems to happen. The yeast even seems to be engulfed in the flour. Eventually something does happen and the result is a complete transformation of the dough. 
        2. This idea of a gradual progression was unheard of by the Jews at the time but Jesus reiterated it again and again. 
        3. No one could have guessed that Jesus’ small band of disciples had anything to do with the future, glorious Kingdom of God. 
        4. However that which is now present in the world is indeed the Kingdom itself. This is the mystery, the new truth about the Kingdom. 

 

Questions for Individual or Group Discussion:

  1. In what ways would you expect to see the evidence of the coming of the Kingdom?
  2. What issues of the “uprooting of society” could we reasonably pray into?
  3. What would be the signs of the the Kingdom permeating society?
  4. Ask the Lord to show you what impact you could have on the people around you.

 

 

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