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What on Earth Is God Doing? (5 of 7)
Where Is the Treasure?
I'm going to read only one verse, but there is so much in that verse that I rather doubt that I will be able to get it all out in the time I have this morning. Hopefully, I can at least give you a little desire to go deeper in the subject I'm going to talk about. In this particular, one verse, parable Jesus gives, there is a message for our day about as current as any message I could deliver. I'm going raise the question, where is the treasure?
During the summer months I have been doing a series of studies based on the seven parables which Jesus tells, which are recorded for us in
Matthew 13. These particular stories of Jesus Christ tell us what God is doing on the earth between the first coming of Jesus and the second coming of our Lord. We know that we are living in what is known as the age of grace. It is the church age. It is the age of opportunity when all who will, may receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and when Christ comes, go home to be with the Lord forever.
I'm praying that in this service this morning there will be many of you who will make the greatest decision of your life and that is to say, yes, to Jesus Christ.
These seven parables give us a survey of what on earth God is doing. Up to this point we have studied four of the parables that Jesus gave. He gave the parable about the sower sowing the seed. He gave the parable about the wheat and the tares. He told the story about the mustard seed that became a tree and the birds came and nested in its branches. He gave the parable about the woman who hid the leaven in the meal. These four parables give us a picture of what is God is doing on the earth. That is a negative picture. Only one out of four of the seed bears fruit. Among the wheat there is also tares which the devil plants. The mustard seed of the gospel becomes a monstrosity, grotesque tree. Into that meal, the evil in ...
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