Matt. 13:31-33, 44-52
1 Kgs: 3:5-12
What is the kingdom of God? How do you know you are a part of it? How do you understand it?
Well, Jesus spends a lot of time telling us about the kingdom of God, as Matthew records it in his gospel. Continuing to build on his previous lessons, Jesus, in this week’s lesson, continues to teach the significance of the kingdom of God to those around him.
Putting today’s lessons into the larger context, let’s be reminded of some of what Jesus has already said concerning the kingdom of God.
Earlier Jesus expressed concern about his present generation (11:16-19) but his concern probably applies to any generation of believers—remember the teaching —we pipe and you don’t dance, we wail and you don’t mourn.
He warns that you are not paying attention to what God is doing. You can’t distinguish good from bad, joyful from sad. He warns his generation about being indifferent, blind to what God is doing not having wisdom.
Using john the Baptist and himself as the example he goes on to proves his point. John comes to them neither eating nor drinking and they call him possessed, Jesus comes eating and drinking and they call him a glutton and drunkard. So Jesus says they have no wisdom, no heart to discern truth.
Further on (11:25-30) he goes on to reveal his own relationship to the kingdom of God. Continue reading ‘Sermon – Sunday July 27, 2014/Rev. Richard C. Marsden’ »