Kingdom of Heaven

It’s Revolutionary!

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I don’t know how many of us recognize the impact of Jesus’ words when He announced, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1:14 – 15)  It was revolutionary.  He was literally announcing that everything was about to change.

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All Sorted Out

As God’s people we seem to spend a tremendous amount of time trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad, who’s in and who’s out, etc.  In one of the King’s stories, He points us to a Day when it will be all sorted out…

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How the Kingdom Progresses

It never ceases to amaze me how the King could take such simple things from everyday life and use them to profoundly illustrate the Kingdom of God.  But that is  the true essence of a parable.  It takes something ordinary and throws it alongside a spiritual truth in order to make it come alive in the minds of those who have ears to hear.  In this post we will look at a picture the King took from the kitchens of the day to help us understand how the Kingdom progresses.

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The All-Encompassing Kingdom

What is our conception of the Kingdom of God?  In Jesus’ day the Jews had a rather narrow view of the Kingdom.  Some of the stories told by the King were intended to expand their understanding of God’s reign.  Besides expanding our understanding, the parable we will look at in the post serves as a word of encouragement as well.

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No Witch Hunts Allowed

In some of the less attractive periods of Church history (think of The Inquisitions and the Salem Witch Trials), the people of God used violent means to purge from their ranks those they considered to be in league with evil.  In one of the King’s stories, however, He shows us the way He prefers these things to be dealt with.  As we unpack the story we will find there are no witch hunts allowed in the Kingdom of our God.

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