“A picture is worth a thousand words!” A saying of 19th Century
Jesus went on to tell three more Kingdom parables after the Parable of
the Soils with its focus on the mystery of the Kingdom.
People then as now faced many things that pull a person away from faith
in the God of Abraham. These three pictures build a vision of God’s
sovereignty and power that heartens perseverance and hope in our
Like the apostles we must come to Jesus and His Word to understand the
meaning of His parables.
The first parable also has a warning: “Take heed what you hear.”
Jesus said at the close of His sermon on the mount: “Not everyone who
says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall entre the kingdom of heaven, but he who
does the will of my Father in heaven. … Therefore whoever hears these
sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built
his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:21,24
You and I must be someone who both hears and hearkens!
This Kingdom Brings Light
●The Light of His Word – knowledge, understanding, wisdom.
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is
established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and
pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3,4
●The Ten Commandments: useful for making decisions, for guiding
your behaviour in your relationships with others, with God. Do not
steal: time, reputation, identity.
●Faith - Fact- Feelings : Train, coal car, carriage
●Use God’s measure in your dealings with others! Use the measure you
want God to use on you: grace, mercy, patience, long-suffering, etc.
Cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. E.g. refuse to think the worst first
about others, suffer long!
●Those who have a faith that God is pleased with – those whose
practice of the Faith shines the light to all who come within your
The Kingdom Has This Dynamic
●Scatter the seed everywhere – on the ploughed ground, on the path,
on the rocky and thorny soil! God is a good farmer, an excellent
gardener/vine-dresser. He can dig the stony ground and remove the
rocks and thorns. He can water and fertilise – give the seed the
right conditions for sprouting and growing.
●Marvel at the mystery of God’s work. It is like the wonder of the
created world of nature. In nature, life thrives when the conditions
set by God are met. Farmers and gardeners have to work within
God’s parameters. He decided when the mechanisms of life start.
He programmed the genome of all plants, verbiage, trees to do all
He wanted when and as He designed things in the first place.
●The mystery of the advance and retreat of the church in the nations
of the world – His promise to bring all things together to the finish
●The premier place of the seed – the Word of God, the Bible.
The Kingdom Picture That Strengthens Hope & Perseverance
●The smallest seed and, at first, a small plant – insignificant, not
very noteworthy. The Presbyterian Church here in Australia can
seem like that today.
●The important thing is not the size or power of a church. It’s
whether the mystery of life has taken place. It’s the living faith of
believers that makes a church grow. It’s when our lives are watered
by the Word, when the Spirit illuminates, renovates and preserves
the life He has given.
●Grows by itself into the largest of plants – a small tree that birds
can roost in and be protected and safe. This is God’s decision. He’s
the creator, sustainer, preserver of His church. He decides whether
we’ll be a Mustard Plant church or a mighty Cedar church.
●Be Jesus’ disciple in our today.
●Every day, ask the Master what He meant! Read the whole Bible –
see the connections, know the stories, understand the principles,
live within His wisdom.