FBCWest 356 | The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like
Recorded On: 10/06/2019
October 6, 2019
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.”
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 47
“Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)”
“Shake the World”
“How He Loves”
GIVING OF SELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
SPECIAL MUSIC – By Pru Hungate
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
MESSAGE Pastor Joe
“THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS THE MESSIAH”
“He Teaches in Parables: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like …”
Time of Reflection
“Build Your Kingdom Here”
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Benediction “Only Jesus”
The Mustard Seed
Matthew 13:31 He presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;
Matthew 13:32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES." The Leaven
Matthew 13:33 He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
Matthew 13:34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.
Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. A Costly Pearl
Pearle of great value
Matthew 13:45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
Matthew 13:46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. A Dragnet
Transcript of Service
Jesus has been teaching as we've gone through his life and ministry?
At this point, Imparable.
And the parables that he's been concentrating on's been parables related to the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God.
The last few times we've taken a look at.
He is compared.
The Kingdom of God to a sore who so generously.
On various types of soils.
Parable talked about.
How the result would be based on the various oils then he explained to his disciples?
What the parable meant then he taught apparel about?
The father throwing good seed.
And how the God.
Was patient enough?
To wait to rip out the fault.
For fear of.
Taking by mistake one of the genuine.
Jesus continues on in his.
Teaching about the Kingdom in it, it's interesting if we think about it.
That the public at Jesus is time.
As we've often state.
Has a misconception about the Kingdom of God, because they think has the Messiah comes?
That the Romans will be.
Pushed out and that they will have their own Kingdom and it will be.
If you will a political Kingdom?
The Pharisees and the Sadducees are concerned because in that type of Kingdom they have no.
Ruling ability so they were in opposition to Jesus.
Palm Sunday, the people were thinking that here comes the Messiah 'cause That's when he was prophesied to appear and they were.
Yelling and screaming Hosanna.
Son of David they were waving prom branches.
Even during his trial.
And the caption on Top of the crossword.
King of the Jews.
Teaching shows us.
That his Kingdom is not of this world.
And will be started different and will in different and be different.
Please we're going to take a look at the various.
Other Parables, about the Kingdom and will start with.
The mustard seed.
Which is found?
In Matthew Chapter 1331 and 32, the various.
Synoptic gospels has this as well.
We will use this one. He says he presented another parallel to them, saying the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed.
Which a man took and sowed in his field notice each of these?
Terribles has always been the solar is doing it in his field.
And this is the smaller than all other seeds. But when it is full grown. It is larger than the garden plant and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.
Jesus doesn't necessarily give us an explanation of this parable.
But I think it's
Reasonably obvious what he's talking about, he saying that the Kingdom of Heaven starts out if you will almost in significantly.
It's a very small seat.
So those who are looking for Rome to be immediately pushed out.
Is this abusing him of that idea because then the Kingdom of heaven? Is gonna start out?
So, in significantly the most people will pay attention to it.
It's insignificant, but it is going to grow from that to be significant is going to be larger than any other garden plants and so much so that says the birds of the air will come and rest.
When Nick a demas when nebuchadnezzar.
Had his dream, he dreamed about being a tree if you will, with birds resting.
So the concept of the.
Master see growing into a tree shows that it is a Kingdom and the birds resting in his test shows that it is a place of blessing and benefit and rest.
So the Kingdom will be secure in the Kingdom will be blessed.
But it will start out in significantly.
Many people unless they see immediately result.
But Jesus says don't move on with insignificant result as a matter of fact if you take a look at the beginning of the Kingdom was what?
And some disciple who had no clue what he was talking about until the resurrection.
It starts out small and insignificant and growth.
Then he follows that parable up with the following.
In verse 33.
He spoke another parallel to them, the Kingdom of Heaven is like Levin, which a woman took an hidden 3 packs of flour until it all was 11. Now, this is a very unusual type of purple for Jesus.
Because most of the time if not almost all the time except for this type of occasion, Levin is always used as evil.
But in this Jesus uses.
What's normally used as a symbol for evilness?
To show something?
He saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is in those of you.
Who've ever baked no that if you want something to rise you have to have a little guy Sorel 11 otherwise. It doesn't rise and is really hard and dense and doesn't taste as much, but you don't find in that.
You just fine.
And Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is trance formational. It's different than any other type of Kingdom. It doesn't just rule people it transforms people.
Which is sad because all too often in our churches we don't see transform people?
And then it follows up and all these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in Parables and he did not speak to them without a parable and this was to fulfill what was spoken through the profit. I will open my mouth in parables that I will other things, hidden since the foundation of the world.
And we have explained why she just continued to teach.
In March after 4 he teaches another parable by the seat and we find that in verse 26.
And he was saying the Kingdom of God is like a man who cast seed appan the soil. The goes to bed at night and he gets up by day and the seed sprouts and growth how he himself does not know.
The soil produces crossed by itself, and the blade. Then the head. Then the mature grain in the head or when the crop permits. He immediately puts in the Sickle because the harvest has come.
Jesus again doesn't explain this parable.
But I'll tell you what I think it says.
And that in $3.25 can get you coffee at Starbucks.
Is that Jesus is sane?
That you don't have to have a PhD in theology.
To know the guys at work.
You see what you what the man does is He.
Plants the seed.
He doesn't know the biology biological aspects of how it germinates and how it sets at roots. He just knows that he sees it, popping up out of the ground and eventually inmature and produces fruit and when it's time for harvest, he harvested.
Now in America most of our farmers get pH. DS in farming and all these things so they understand it, but how much or how little you understand about the seed growing.
The seed still grows hair doesn't grow.
You can do some things to encourage it by watering it or whatever, but you don't have to understand and goddess thing. The Kingdom of Heaven will grow and produce and you don't have to understand it is the spirit that brings.
Which limits our excuses?
Well, I don't know enough to be a witness.
Well, you know what happened in your life.
Just tell you tell about that.
You don't have to talk about Billy Graham's life.
Talk about your
You don't have to have a?
To understand what God is doing in the sense that God is doing something you may not know all the intricacies of how it works.
But you know the word of God work.
And the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God is like that, man who Kathy's it is the spirit.
That does it it's the soil that creates.
Is the plan?
And a heart?
Then he's gonna change.
Emphasis on the Kingdom of Ghana, these next 2.
We find it back in Matthew Chapter 13 verse 44.
The Kingdom of Heaven.
Is like a treasure hidden in the field?
Which a man found in head again and from joy over it? He goes and sells all that he has advised that field.
Have you read any commentaries on this?
Generally, it's a waste of time.
I'll tell you why.
'Cause they talk about well back in that day because there were a lot of invasions and whatever that and there weren't banks that people would very things in the ground.
And then we talk about well is it ethical to find this treasure and then buy it and whatever.
It's a story.
It's a parable.
God's not saying whether there is or not. People who very something in the ground, he saying when somebody finds a treasure.
He stumbles on a treasure. He considered that treasure to be so valuable that is more valuable than everything. He has so he takes everything he has sells it to buy the land that has the treasure.
That's the way the Kingdom of Heaven ought to be in our life that it is more valuable than anything else in our life.
Even if we stumble apon it.
Not looking for it, but we find it.
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking find pearls.
And upon finding one of great value.
He went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Here's the one difference between this parable and the other parable this person is looking for a particular Pearl.
The other guide stumbled upon it, he found it.
Buried how he found a Berry uh we don't know.
Here we see this somebody is seeking value.
And when he comes up on it, he sees a Pearl that has great value.
And again Jesus is saying those who seek and find.
Well then sell everything that they have and everything that they are to acquire that Pearl.
So the question who was his.
Who are TH?
Is being in the Kingdom?
Most of us and again, I point, the finger. One way in 3 come back at me so you know, I think I'm accepting myself.
All too often our value of the Kingdom.
If it's convenient.
To be a believer, we will.
If it's convenient to attend church. We do, if it's convenient to speak about the Lord We do.
Rather than saying.
It is worth everything that I have and everything that I am.
Anne I will trade all of that.
Oh, we love about talk about being a child of God and we usually talk about being a child of God, because we think about the protocol child and how he goes off, and messes up and how we go off and mess up.
If the particle child valued being with the father, he had never left.
If he valued being.
In the community, he would have never left.
It is sad.
That all too many times we disciples.
The world cannot tell.
Now we are disciples.
Because we have not valued the Kingdom above all.
We valued it more than certain things.
But we were not willing to trade everything that is in our life.
Now look what it cost.
They sold everything that they possessed an acquired it.
In order to acquire this.
God sent his son.
That we might be able to purchase.
That, which is of great value.
And talk about not being very.
God says I'm going to exchange this Pearl of great price this.
Opportunity to be in the Kingdom.
For everything you have.
That's like saying, I can buy Microsoft for dollar 95.
I don't think Bill Gates would be too happy with that exchange.
Is Jesus has more value than all this world put together and then some?
And he said, I exchanged that for your ability to be called my child and well in the Kingdom of God.
So Jesus gives us a couple of different types of.
Parable wander sane.
That, it grows and becomes significant.
And you may not know how it happened.
But it still grows and becomes significant.
I want you to think if you will.
The days immediately after Jesus's resurrection.
Peter preaches a sermon couple 1000 people are saved.
That's not too.
Difficult to understand.
Because Jesus died and Rose again in Jerusalem.
There are a lot of people who saw the resurrected Jesus.
So it doesn't take a whole lot of faith in the resurrection of Jesus when GQ saw Jesus resurrected.
And then there are others who faps didn't see Jesus.
But their spouse or their parent or their brother or their sister or a good friend saw Jesus rose from the dead and they saw the transformed lives. They go, he must have raised from the dead and then they believe.
And then it goes off into the world and Can you imagine for instance, in Greece or in Rome or in Asia minor? Which is now Turkey where they didn't see the physical Jesus. They didn't see his death. They didn't see his resurrection. They didn't talk to him. They didn't have the Bible.
And people said this is the word of God. This is what I saw this is what I witnessed and I saw him raise from the dead and people believed.
Never seen Jesus never having the scriptures only the product of the testimony of those who've been transformed.
Why? Because of the Holy Spirit?
We live in a world today where we keep thinking.
Well, you just read it in the scriptures quite frankly a lot of people don't believe in the Scriptures.
Oh, there's difficulties so men so many translations and so whatever you can't depend on it.
Well sort of getting an argument about them about that. The fact is the scriptures are reliable.
But it is still the spirit that draws all men unto them.
So yeah, you may not know all the scriptures descriptors weren't even written when the.
Christian faith started to grow.
Then the question again.
When we come to ourselves.
You place in it.
That answer is not Oh, I placed great value in it.
Oh no, I don't place much value in it.
Our answer about that question is.
How we conduct arbeli?
I can say.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the most important thing to me.
And then spend 9.
How to 24 hours worried about today?
Or I can be so consumed.
Problems of this world that I pay little attention.
To the benefit.
In the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is not to say?
Oh, pastor, Joe Your Eyes and an an?
And the call is not.
To rededicate your lives or whatever.
Is from this moment on?
To understand exactly how valuable your placement in the Kingdom of Heaven is.
And to value it and not allow anything in this world.
From that value.
Not that difficult.
'Cause it's easy to walk down an aisle and say you're right pastor. Joe I haven't valued the Kingdom like I should I'm going to from now on and walked out.
And no one know.
My life, not be what I want it to be.
Then it might not have as much value as I think it ought to.
With God offered me.
I can't refuse.
To take my life.
And what I think is value.
Exchange for that.
Which is eternal?
Will never rough will never fade will never be stolen?
And for you.
For Jesus teaches imparable.
But I think the point is very pointed.
And I think.
You have to be for dinner.
Not to see his point.
So, in a moment.
We're going to sing a song build your Kingdom here.
And I wanted to sing that.
With two understanding.
That our song in our prayer.
Is that God would continue to build his Kingdom here?
But that God would continue to build his Kingdom here.
And that we would understand.
Of that Kingdom.
And all Gods people said.