Wednesday, February 08, 2012

120208 - Matthew 13:24-14 - instruction in the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven

Wednesday SOAP: Jesus finishes seven parables which characterize the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven and the disciples claim to have understood all these things. It has been given to them to understand these mysteries, and they'll need to do so in the fulfillment of their ministry after Christ's departure.

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S: Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Mt 13:51-52).

O: The disciples asked Jesus to explain the sower parable and the parable of the wheat and tares. But they claim to have understood the parable of leaven, mustard seed, hidden treasure, pearl of great price and dragnet.

A: It's probably safe to say that they didn't fully understand these other parables, given their frequent misunderstanding of Jesus (Matthew 16:7; Luke 9:54; John 4:33, 11:16) and the great variety of interpretation we see regarding these parables today. His response doesn't directly contradict their confidence, but it does warn them that teachers of His commandments need to carefully study specifics about these things - a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) A clear understanding of Jesus' teaching sheds new light on the Old Testament, as He asserts it's all about Him. This brings new treasure from ancient teachings, along with genuinely new teachings. The disciple that is so prepared is a "household ruler" or "master of the economy," reminding me of 24:45 - the one the Lord will make ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season.

P: Father, the Kingdom of Heaven has mystery even to those of us who have entered into it by your grace. Instruct me perfectly so that I can be a reliable guide and minister to others.

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