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.
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.
Through all the teaching and preaching we find in the four Gospels, never once did Jesus provide a clear definition of the Kingdom of God. This was largely due to the fact that His audience, because of their history, would have had some idea what it referred to. He did, however, tell lots of stories related to the Kingdom. What was that all about?
It may seem like a gross understatement, but our world is sick on multiple levels. Fractured relationships abound. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens. Relationships on every level are in a state of decline and decay. Disease continues to run rampant. Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve. Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest. And the list goes on…and on… Our world needs healers. Are you one? Have you ever thought about it?