January 19, Reading 3 – Matthew 13:24-43

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SAA Notes

Jesus was very concerned that we understand about the Kingdom of Heaven. Why do you think He was so bull-doggish about this topic?

SJA Notes

How backwards and upside-down is this kingdom that Jesus tells us of!

The weeds (people of the evil one) are left to grow amongst the grain (people of God’s kingdom). How strange this is to think about, and how alien to what the world would have us think.

The mustard seed (the kingdom) grows from an insignificant-seeming seed into a tree that brings benefit to all around.

The yeast (the kingdom) completely changes the fundamental nature of the flour.

The stories/parables from Jesus, His preaching, and expanding out to all of scripture (which is God’s word, Jesus being it become flesh) – They teach us of His kingdom, and how it is absolutely different to any other sort of kingdom.

What a privilege it is to be a part of God’s kingdom!

Let’s be encouraged and exhorted with these words, and go forth with joy at this wonderful promise, “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”

* Dear Father,

Thank You for calling us into Your kingdom.

Thank You that Your Word is clear, that Jesus is clear – Your kingdom is not like any other.

Thank You that we can look forward to shining like the sun in Your kingdom, where You will be our light!

Amen.


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