#966 April 18, 1993 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
I hope you have your Bibles open this morning to the gospel according to Matthew.
We look at two brief but very important parables on this children's Sunday. Matthew
13, verse 31 following - 13:31 following;
"And Jesus presented another parable to them saying, 'The kingdom of heaven
is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. And this is
smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown it is larger than the garden
plants and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and nest in its
branches.' And Jesus spoke another parable to them. 'The kingdom of heaven
is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three pecks of meal until it was
all leavened.' And all these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables.
And He did not speak to them without a parable.
Let's pray together.
Father, we ask that you will speak to us through these parables today. May the
application come from Thee and may we leave this place putting that truth into
our lives. Oh, Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy word
and Thy message and Thy truth alone may be heard. And may we apply that
truth right where we live. For we make this prayer through Jesus our living,
loving Lord. Amen.
I've got a question today. Is there anything happening in this world at this moment
in history that would lead us to believe what we pray in the Lord's Prayer is coming
true? On earth as it is in heaven. Do you believe that this earth is becoming more like
heaven every day in which we live? Is there any sign that the kingdom is coming?
The kingdom of God - His rule and His reign is happening in the climate, in the
atmosphere in which we live in this hour. I dare say the answer would be No! You
read the Bible and we discover that his early apostles and his early disciples expected
Jesus to bring the kingdom to pass. That is the rule of God. That is the superiority
of the Israelites. And Jesus had to spend a long time in explaining to those people,
those Jews what the kingdom He was bringing to pass was like. And to explain it to
them that the ultimate rule and reign of God in the world was a long time in the future.
What is the kingdom of God? Where is the kingdom of God? Anywhere God is
supreme. Anywhere He is king, there you have the kingdom of God or the kingdom
of heaven or the kingdom of the Son of Man, because different figures are used
throughout the Bible. So Jesus here trying to explain to his followers in that day the
nature and the Character of the kingdom picked up a mustard seed. And- he said the
kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. And he used a common proverbial phrase that
the mustard seed was the smallest of seeds. We know that is not true. It is the
cyprus seed that is supposedly the smallest of seeds. But because the mustard plant
was so common in that day, that was the analogy ...
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