Matt 12v11 begins the conversation about the Seed of the Word of God and the parables about the kingdom of heaven, we are told by Jesus that "the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you,...." v 16 "but blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it and to hear what you hear but did not hear it".
As Pet 2 says "we have all we need for life and godliness".
We see that God's word (Matt13) the knowledge of the kingdom is scattered everywhere we need to have receptive soil i.e our lives (remember we are made of dirt) and have our ears and eyes open to fully understand,and therefore obey it.
Then we have the parable of the man who sowed good seed in his field(/life) but through lack of attention, the enemy also sowed weeds. Then as both grew in the man's life, it became evident that there was both wheat and weeds in his field(/life) It is the harvesters who will discern and pluck the weeds from the wheat not others. That is just a good lesson as we the imperfections in each other! God will do His work in his own time.
However, there will be a harvest...
one will reap the wages of unrighteousness 2 Peter 2:15 (& Numbers 22) "They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness".
And the other the harvest of righteousness. Heb 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it".
The parable of the mustard seed shows us the pervasive nature of the Kingdom of God. God is always at work in people's lives. The question is, are we cultivating ground in another's life to see and hear the secrets of the kingdom of heaven?
That will lay the foundation to the next set of scriptures. How we treat one another will open up the secret of the kingdom for us and them. Siobhan
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