He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”
If you'd arrived on earth as the Word of God incarnate, to put forth a new Heaven and a new earth with a New Covenant, you might mention Heaven a few times - like 137 times - in the four Gospels. Parables of Heaven. And glimpses. Sheol is mentioned Sixty three times in all of the Bible, but Sheol was considered to be a place of the dead. Lucifer dwelled there and had conversation with God, in Job. Until Jesus, the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven." No more, Jesus has conquered death.
And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."
Jesus saw a new Heaven forming and told us this is the Kingdom where wheat and chaff are separated. A Kingdom where Jesus sets out to save the World.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn. Or. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good [fish] into containers but threw away the bad.
All the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. Inclusion. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.
Jesus also is telling us, in belief, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand - now in you, in your life.
Till All leavened - an easy Transformation - changing, changing, bubbling up and ...Over!!!!!
Starting to froth up - something to get excited about.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Leaven can't hold back, the transformation is complete!
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life"
Jesus starts out in Matthew 3 saying:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my righteousness be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
6 “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
8 The Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”
And from what Jesus is telling us - this is worth the repentance to be part of what Jesus gives. Rejoice and be glad - this is the reward of Heaven.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
Mattew 5:20 says the righteousness of Heaven far exceeds the religious trappings of earth. Heaven is where the total will of God is accomplished, for those working towards His Will on earth.
Jesus went on to say in Matthew 8, more about inclusion.
Many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
I long and hope, want, to be in that number! Knowing my salvation in Jesus is secure.
Remember the wedding guests. From all corners of God's far flung earth
- rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. ’Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. This is a free will gift of God.
If you were given
the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven
- what would you give unhindered - Joy perhaps? Usually His will is. Using the talents He gave us to show us How Wide, How High, How Deep is His Steadfast Love to those He has chosen.
Give justice, with mercy, walk humbly with the Lord.
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Having mercy on your fellow sojourners, as He had mercy on you. Remembering ~
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Surely we are the people, and wisdom will die with us - but few men want to be compared to unprepared virgins at the harvest.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Father God be with us in our travels. And as we are never far from You let us lean upon You for your Path taking us where You protect, guide, lead, encourage, teach and dwell. We ask for this for those we love. In Jesus. Amen.