7680 - Kingdom of God

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In today’s study Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God.

Listen to Luke 13, verses 18-21:

18Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches."

20Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough."

The Kingdom of God is generally understood to be a comprehensive term used for the wide scope of all created, intelligent beings in heaven and on earth, who have willingly embraced allegiance and faith to God; thus, have become subjects of His Kingdom.

The authors of the Gospels may use the title “Kingdom of God” and “kingdom of Heaven” in similar manner; however, generally the Kingdom of Heaven describes God’s ruler ship on earth during a specific period of prophetic time.

To the people listening to Jesus this was an endearing term because they were eagerly looking forward to the coming Messiah who would establish the Jewish Kingdom in its glorious form, with authority and power over the earth, as some of the prophets foretell. Now we know, these prophecies foretell the second coming of Christ. But in the Jewish mind of Jesus’ day they were anticipating the glorious kingdom at any time.

Perhaps this misconception in the minds of the Jewish people was the reason Jesus gave illustrations such as these two we look at today. He wanted to correct their perception.

The first illustration is a mustard seed. These seeds are of the tiniest variety, but though they are so small one can grow into the largest shrub, ten to twelve feet tall, in just a few weeks. A good illustration of something having a small beginning which, becomes huge and significant when mature.

The second illustration Jesus gave was the small amount of yeast, which a cook works into the dough of bread. With a time to season it will permeate through the entire pan of dough.

Get the picture? Jesus is saying these two items are good illustrations of the growth, which the kingdom of God will experience. The growth comes in comparing the kingdom as it had such an impressive beginning there in the violence and intrigue of the crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem, then boosted into high gear by God’s power at Pentecost, and still continues to grow and reach into every corner of the globe.

The gospel has power to implant into every willing soul living faith in Jesus Christ. The birth of the kingdom of God in each heart comes as Jesus enters. When he enters he brings life and light into a heart, which has been spiritually dead and darkened by sin.

This heart is washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and made as white as snow.

Do not think that all people are eager to embrace the Kingdom. Satan, the enemy of righteousness, continues his warfare against the Kingdom of God. He still lies to people and blinds their eyes to God’s truth. The majority of people choose to reject Jesus and continue to follow their King Satan.

However the world has been and is still being affected by the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom grows by one soul at a time.

Some people get distracted by the symbol of birds being unbelievers who participate in the presence of believers. Others see yeast as being false doctrine, which may contaminate the teaching of the Church.

One beautiful truth about the Kingdom of God is that it will be merged into the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. Every person who comes into the Kingdom of God has assurance already that they will fully participate in the coming Kingdom of Heaven.

From a small beginning into a tremendous, vibrant, glorious continuation; isn’t that wonderful news?!