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05/22/2017

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What's The Kingdom Like


"So He was saying, 'What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it?'" (Lk.13:18).

A wonderful way to get a point across in teaching is by using the comparison method. If you are able to compare something that your students do not understand to some thing they do, learning almost always takes place. This week, we are to look at the question posed in today's verse, what is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it... Lets 1st be clear that "kingdom of God," or "kingdom of heaven" means the church. Consider Jesus' words to Peter; "Blessed are you Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt.16:17-19). The very nature and wording of today's question necessitates that it be answered by comparison. In Jesus' case, He had a very special comparison method he used called parables in which he explained the nature of what the kingdom is like by using things people knew about. I am going to choose several of those parables this week and use them as a basis for my devotionals. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened" (Matt.13:33). This parable teaches the glorious increase of the kingdom. It relates to the quiet and penetrative influence of the kingdom on the world it touches. In this parable we see more than growth, because the leaven has actively worked from the 1st moment it was hidden in the meal. This power lends a savor to that which it contacts. A lesson for us to day as members of the kingdom (church)? The nature of the kingdom demands that every citizen of it exert an influence for good.... (1 Pet.3:1-2 & Phil.1:20) Lets all be good citizens....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:1

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