Jesus describes the Kingdom of God…
So it seems only fair that Jesus would include in his teaching references to the very kingdom He was prepared to establish for the sake of Israel. So as the offer comes to a close for Israel, Jesus begins to offer commentary on the nature of the thing He was offering -‐ on the kingdom itself.
Luke 13:18-21 **
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Continue reading
Rejection Of The Messiah
In chapter 13 of Luke, it begins as Luke moves the reader along a line of thought beginning with…
Luke 13:6-9 (NKJV) **
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’
** All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Jesus’ call to the nation of Israel to wake up and recognize that they would face the judgement of rejecting Him if they fail to bear fruit (Jesus uses the parable of the fig tree) If we see that the tree fails to bear fruit we see it as worthless.. after all it is a fruit tree. What good is it if it does not bear fruit. What then do we do with it? We cut it down. That was the way Jesus was speaking to the nation of Israel represented in the form of that tree that they were either to bear fruit in the form of faith in the Messiah or face judgement. So through this parable, Jesus warns the nation that the Father wont have infinite patience with them. Continue reading
The Pharisees Reject Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Today we continue our look at “Why Israel lost the Kingdom of God” as we see the Pharisees reject the signs of Jesus’s Messianic miracles And how the crowds wanted proof leading closer to their rejection in the Kingdom.
We see in Matthews account the reaction by the Pharisees after Jesus heals the mute man. Remember, the Pharisees were the religious leaders of that day determined to undermine Jesus’s credibility. They were desperate to diminish Jesus in the minds of the people and to explain away anything Jesus did that seemed to support His claims. So when Jesus performs a miracle unique to the Messiah, they are forced to explain it away somehow. This is not new for them, earlier in Matthew we see a similar experience. Continue reading
Israel loses the Kingdom of God
Luke 11:14-20 New King James Version (NKJV) **
A House Divided Cannot Stand
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Continue reading