Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Review

[July 29, 2012] When Jesus began His sermon of parables, it was at a time when the opposition to His ministry from a contingent of Pharisees and His own frustration with the crowds was most acute. With His disciples gathered around Him in a house, He declared that they . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Indoor Parables (Matthew 13:36a)

[September 17, 2008] Today we continue the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13. Matthew, the gospel writer, has organized his material very carefully into themes. You recall that the beginning of Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus as the Kingdom of the Heavens in His own person, who invites people . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Matthew 13:18-35, The Kingdom in the World

[July 22, 2012] We continue where we left off a week ago with the seed that fell on the thorns. While Jesus was speaking of the “failure” of His own sowing of the word of the kingdom among the crowd, His words are applicable in every age. “The anxiety of the age . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:18-35, The Kingdom in the World

Matthew 13:1-17, Having Ears to Hear

The Setup (Matthew 13:1-2)

[July 15, 2012] We come now to the seven parables of Matthew 13. Jesus deliberately takes on the medium of parables as the only means by which He will now communicate with the crowd; in other words, He will no longer speak plainly to them through teaching and . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:1-17, Having Ears to Hear