Essay Kingdom Parables

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“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Matthew 13:10-12)

Jesus explains everything about the kingdom of God through parables. He also gives the reasons for using parables to teach the people. He tells greater truths through simple stories with clear and simple meanings. Explaining truths through stories was part of the Palestinian culture at that time. Jesus used the imagery of farming and shepherding in his parables because those are the
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In certain people, the word of God falls like seeds falling amidst thistles. They are people burdened with earthly labors, greedy after gain, and fond of pleasures. Like weeds growing up and choking up the growth of seeds, vanity and desires for illusory comforts choke up everything good and holy in people.
And, finally, people who accept and follow the word of God, changing their way of life in line with the teaching of God’s word, are compared to the fertile earth that yields manifold fruits. These people not only hear the word of God, but firmly decide to follow Him, and yield hundred-fold, sixty-fold, and thirty-fold fruits of good works, depending upon their capabilities and efforts. This parable shows that God’s word is the first step of the kingdom of God.
2) Parable of the weeds (Matthew 13: 24-30)
This describes growth of God’s kingdom on this earth. The weeds are growing side by side with the good seeds. In this parable Jesus speaks of the deplorable fact that, in the temporary life on this earth, the faithful and righteous members of God's Kingdom have to live along disgraceful members who live in evil ways. Though there are times of struggle, trials, temptations, worries and deceit, the good seed
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