The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus

                                         Matthew 13:31-33
                        The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven
vs18, 24, 33, 44, 45 – these parables speak about the Kingdom of God or Heaven
(1) THE KINGDOM HAS A KING – Matthew 13:31
Kingdom – means a rule or authority and includes the idea of power
-The Kingdom of God is ruled by a King & what He says goes
-everything the Lord tells us to do is good and beneficial for us
          Two reasons we have a difficult time with this:
                      1. We do not like to be bossed around
                      2. We live in a democracy – Republic
-The Lord created us with a free will.  Choose to obey the Lord and His commands and you will be blessed…..
(2) THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW – The Bible
-when we are saved, we have some principles to follow
-there are certain rules we all must follow when we come into God’s house or Kingdom
(3) the kingdom will always grow – Matthew 13:32-33
Matthew 16:18 – nothing can stop the Kingdom of God from growing
*it is built on Jesus Christ
          2 Examples:
                  (1) The Mustard Seed
-this small seed can turn into a large bush or tree
-the Kingdom of God started off small but is growing and growing
                (2) Leaven
Leaven has a positive influence also…
                       Leaven Speaks of 2 Things:
1. Leaven speaks of the growth of the kingdom of God and the church in the world
v33 – all leavened – the entire world has leaven which means Christianity is growing
-the Kingdom of God is on the move
2. Leaven speaks of personal growth
v33 – it is hidden inside of the dough…cannot be seen but is working
-Phil 1:6 – we have a promise that God is inside of us and working on us & in us & through us
-Bread made with leaven is tasty and soft – represents people being attracted to you and your character to hear the gospel message
***Even though the Kingdom of God and Christianity are growing – there are problems…
*BIRDS
*LEAVEN
*Birds represent the enemy that gets into the Kingdom and church & causes issues
division…confusion…false doctrine…
*Leaven can also represent sin.  Issues, dysfunctions and sins of people are in the church…….
(4) THERE IS ONLY WAY TO GET INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD – Col 1:13-14
-there are 3 kingdoms
1. the kingdom of God
2. the kingdom of darkness
***@ salvation, we are transferred into the Kingdom of God and out of the kingdom of darkness