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What Were You Expecting?
The kingdom of heaven is often thought of as restrictive, as though the king’s highest priority is keeping his subjects in line by requiring them to follow a list of do’s and don’ts. When we read the teaching of Jesus, however, we discover the kingdom offers the most incredible freedom. It’s not freedom to do whatever we like (which is in effect a terrible form of bondage); rather, it is the freedom to be all that God intended humans to be.
The kingdom parables offer a glimpse into the thinking of Jesus as he discloses the nature of the kingdom using ordinary, earthy illustrations. The sermon series will work though these illustrations seeking to let Jesus develop our expectations. Here’s my list of the 12 parables of Jesus that begin, “The kingdom of heaven is like . . .”
▸ A man who sowed good seed in his field (Mt. 13:24-30; 36-43; Mk. 4:26-29)
▸ A mustard seed (Mt. 13:31-32; Mk. 4:30-32; Lk. 13:18-21)
▸ Leaven (Mt. 13:33; Lk. 13:20)
▸ Treasure hidden in a field (Mt. 13:44)
▸ A merchant looking for fine pearls (Mt. 13:45-46)
▸ A net (Mt. 13:47-50)
▸ The owner of a house (Mt. 13:52)
▸ A king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants (Mt. 18:23-25)
▸ A landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers (Mt. 20:1-16)
▸ A king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son (Mt. 22:1-14)
▸ Ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Mt. 25:1-13)
▸ A man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them (Mt. 25:14-30)