by Jerry Vines

Matthew 13:31-32
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven
is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his
field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it
is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
Now you remember that we are studying a series of parables in Matthew
thirteen. Which Jesus described as being mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
I said to you that a mystery in the bible is a truth which man cannot under-
stand by his own intellect but has to be revealed by God. It is a truth
that man cannot naturally know. It can be given only by divine revelation.
So through the means of parables Jesus is giving these great mysteries of
the kingdom. N at we also said that a parable which Jesus used in his teach-
ing is a earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus would take something
that was very familiar to his listeners and he would use that simple story
to illustrate a great heavenly and spiritual rneaning. For instance, in
the first one Jesus told the parable of the sower. And he pictured a man
with his seed basket sowing the seed into various kinds of soil. Then he
talked about the field the man planted with wheat. And an enemy coming
and planting tares alongside the wheat. Now number three the Lord Jesus
gives us the parable that we commonly call the parable of the Mustard
Seed. Now in these parables the Lord Jesus answers a lot of questions
that people ask. A lot of questions people ask about the age in which we
live. Ouestions that perplex the minds of people concerninc what seem to
be some contradictions in the world in which you and I are living. Now
the great question that we have before us in this parable today is this:
How do we acount for a counterfeit Christianity in the world? How do we
account for an apostate Christianity? There is another question t ...

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