Parables of Jesus – The Kingdom of Heaven Part II

Jesus taught in many parables.

We will only cover some of them…..  

They are important because Jesus used them to teach His followers about the Kingdom of Heaven. These parables tell us how to live a life pleasing to God.

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Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Matthew 13:44-46  The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

Explanation of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Jesus didn’t give us an explanation of these parables.  They are self explanatory.  The Kingdom of Heaven is more important to attain than anything else in the world.  The King (Jesus) is most precious of anything…..therefore His kingdom should mean everything to us!  The Pearl of great value is also Jesus.  We should be willing to give up everything to follow Him.

Luke 9:23  Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

Matthew 10:37  “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18:21-35  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.i He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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Posted on November 5, 2013, in Bible, Bible prophecy, Christianity, faith, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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