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The Kingdom of God (19 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jesus gives two Parables concerning the Kingdom of God. We tend to use that term and most don't really understand it. What is it? Can you describe it? Where is it? Candidly, most people today are not familiar with the lifestyle of a Kingdom so they don't really understand this.
Kingdoms are still prevalent on the other side of the globe, and even more so in days past. They were and are built largely by force and what we know as imperialism. A Kingdom is not led by a president who is elected by and answerable to the people. A Kingdom is ruled by a monarch, a despot, an emperor, or a KING. His word is the rule of law. There are no elections, there is no congress, and no rule of the people; there is only the word of the King. The King's rule and dominion is complete. History records many of these type of leaders; Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Hitler, and even Saddam Hussein. If you notice, most are known for fierceness.
The Kingdom of the Roman Empire was in power when Jesus came into this oppressed world. Don't forget, these were God's people and they hadn't heard from God in 400 years. Because of their sin, there was only silence from Heaven. They knew an answer had been promised and they were looking for God's answer, for a Messiah, and a Savior. In their minds, the promised one had to be a political leader to replace Roman rule. The very reason they missed Christ was because they were looking for a human answer to a spiritual dilemma.
Jesus took a great deal of time, preaching, teaching, and conveying the concept of the Kingdom of God that He was inaugurating. You get a clear picture of this in Matthew 13. Jesus desperately wants you and me to understand the Kingdom of God because God's Kingdom is what life and eternity is all about.
It began in a perfect place called the Garden of Eden and it will culminate one day in a perfect place called the ''Ne ...
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