Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Matthew 13: 44-58

The last few days we've been going over some of the parables of Jesus. Little stories that may seem entertaining or even confusing to some, but contain wisdom for those who seek the truth.
  He has a few more,smaller parables for us today. 
 44. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 
47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind"
48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49. So shall it be at the end of the world; the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Lots to think about there. The kingdom of heaven is something we should desire very much, and be willing to let go of earthly things to attain it.
 Once Jesus had finished his talk, he moved on to Nazareth, his own country. He taught in the synagogue, but they did not want to hear him. (Paraphrasing again!) We know him! We know his family! He's a carpenter's son. Who is he to be telling us these things?
  How sad that his own people did not wish to believe him. I think sometimes it is harder for us to teach our own families and longtime friends, because they have known us so long. They know all the mischief we were in as kids, the mistakes, all. But we should continue praying for them.

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