Monday, July 31, 2006

The Parables

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds."The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the 'birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'" He spoke to them another parable."The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened." All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world. Matthew 13:31-35


What does gossip do, besides possibly destroying a persons reputation or life, or bringing fruitfulness when it is done in truth and not maliciousness. It spreads like wildfire, especially when it has to do with someone who is well known. Then everyone knows.

Jesus is well known, we hear talk about him far and wide. Some of the gossip is good, and some is not so good, depending on who is out to destroy Him. Today we read of a parable of a mustard seed, and how we are to understand how it is liken to heaven.

Well when we look at gossip, and the good and bad of it, then the mustard seed should be far easier to understand. Heaven is huge, much bigger than any of us can imagine. But faith in this is like a mustard seed, it starts out small then grows to it's greatest. It reaches heaven. Just as gossip does the same about Jesus, it reaches the farthest corners of the earth. It is the faith in the truth of God and His Holy Word that blossoms like a tree from the tiny seed of faith.

We all have the opportunity to be this seed, to spread and grow to the farthest reaches of heaven. Where our faith is constantly growing ever higher.

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