PARABLES OF GOD’S JUST KINGDOM/YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW/JUST CITIZENS
Study Date: 10 June 18
Scripture: MATTHEW 13: 24-33
Biblical Date: BA.D. 28
BY THE SEA OF GALILEE
KEY VERSE: “LET BOTH GROW TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST: AND IN THE TIME OF HARVEST I WILL SAY TO THE REAPERS, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13: 30)
- To explore Jesus’ parables of wheat and tares, the mustard send, and the leaven.
- To know that parables speak to our human situation.
- To experience the redemptive justice of God.
- To strive to be the inclusive body of Christ.
- To embody the values of divine justice.
- To trust God to judge our hearts perfect.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Psalm 78: 1-8; Ezekiel 17: 22-24; Matthew 16: 13-20; Matthew 13: 54-58; Luke 18: 1-8; Matthew 13: 34-43.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Enemy—the devil, our most bitter opponent.
Gnashing—snarling, growling, biting.
Parable—an earthly story with a heavenly truth, narrative with truths related to human life.
Righteous—upright, keeping god’s commands, virtuous.
Tares—weeds, resembling wheat but not the real thing.
TILLING THE SOIL
What words would you use to describe the kingdom of God.
Are believers responsible for everything that looks spiritual?
What are some of the readily identifiable features of the kingdom of God?
Does the kingdom of God expand effortless?
Is the local church completely pure?
How would describe the harvest of God’s crop?
Discuss the day of reckoning in relationship to God’s kingdom.
Why did Jesus teach in parables?
THE SEED PARABLES OF GOD’S JUST KINGDOM/JUST CITIZENS Matthew 13: 24-33
- The Parable of the Wheat and The Weeds. (Matthew 13: 24-30)
- The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto…the collection of believers on earth.
- The Lord knows those who are His own and has a plan for separation.
- When we try to separate the two groups, we could uproot the good believers.
- Unbelievers among believers will not always be distinguishable.
- A day is coming when the Lord will do the separating.
- The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13: 31-32)
- A tiny mustard seed is what the kingdom of God is like.
- It grows from a very small beginning into millions of people over years.
- God may use human effort but the results are not dependent on our efforts.
- The Parable of the Yeast (Matthew 13: 33)
- The Lord warns His disciples to be alert to leaven.
- Doctrine and teaching can mislead believers who are not careful.
- The church will grow like leaven.
- The common attitude of society will reflect the commands of God.
Only God know what is in each person’s heart. He will build His kingdom as He sees fit. The Lord is just in gathering of the crop.
PLANTING THE SEED
What came before the parable of the tares?
Is the “Kingdom of Heaven” the same as the “Kingdom of God”?
What are some differences between the parable of the sower and that of the tares?
What are tares?
How did tares get into the fields in this parable?
Where might we see tares today?
What did Jesus want His disciples to learn from the tares parable?
What is the meaning of the birds in the parable of the tares?
What is the main point of the parable of the mustard seed.
How are these three parables different and similar?
NURTURING THE SEED
What are some examples of good seed being sown by believers today?
Why the believers not punished for the tares growing?
What part did neglect play in the tares being sown?
Why were the crop owners not upset?
What should we do when we think we discern someone is not genuine?
In what ways do we find shelter in the Kingdom of God?
Does good intentions mean genuine believers?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Ours enemies try to eliminate our good work.
Seek good counsel before rushing ahead and making mistakes.
Waiting is a better choice than reacting .
Seek to be wise in your decision making.
God will separate His own form others when the time is right.
God is the one who makes us significant in His kingdom.
What seems like small acts to us can be enormous in God’s results.
God permits two kingdoms to exist in the same land.
The kingdom of God is ever growing and expanding.