Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 26 The Kingdom of Heaven Foundations. Matt 12&13

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


  1. The truth of the matter my sweet friend. I have to confess and ask God's help the ground is tilled in some of the people's lives in front of us, but because maybe they are difficult and not Godly in character we want to avoid planting the seed of God's love to them. I am determined with God's Grace to allow Him to help me grow in this area. I could use some prayer in this area Diana

  2. What struck me was you referrence to the peacable fruit of righteousness. Sometimes making righteous choices is not easy because it goes against our oldman. But our resurrected man chooses to obey. Doing the right thing does lead to peace.

    When we do what we know is wrong, we are caught in an inner conflict and the momentary pleasure disppears. But the one who chooses right lives in peace because the conflict in the inner man has been resolved.

  3. The amplified puts it nicely, righteousness is defined as being "free from moral conflicts". This would also address being doubled minded and as they say, being "conflicted".
    I use this definition as an "emotional" temp. gauge, if I am troubled by something,or find myself rationalizing my opinions or actions/omissions, it generally means I am not walking as straight in God's eyes as I should! HIS rod and His staff guide me beside quiet waters again.Siobhan

  4. The one thing satan cannot disguise is Gods peace. Amen Diana