Every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and treasure that is old the fresh as well as the familiar.—Matthew 13:52 AMPLIFIED VERSION
There are over 50 parables Jesus gave about the kingdom of heaven in the Gospels. Why did Jesus hide truth in these illustrations? Jesus said, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” The truths of the kingdom are reserved for those who accept Jesus into their heart. Unless you are born again you will not see and perceive the truths of the kingdom. Jesus said, “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear!” I have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand the things God has planned for me how about you!
Jesus gave several other parables to illustrate what was going to take place during the church age while He would be ascended at the Father’s right hand. Each parable begins with the phrase, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” Study each of these parables: the wheat and tares, the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price, and the dragnet (Matthew 13). They all reveal a great harvest that during the church age as a result of the Gospel being sown in the hearts of sinners. We are privileged today to see a global harvest taking place. The Gospel is as relevant and powerful today as it was in the Book of Acts. Let’s not be ashamed of the message but be bold to sow the seed into the hearts of those within our reach! We are God’s sowers! The Gospel Seed will produce conviction, salvation, healing, restoration and blessing! There is someone in your reach that is waiting to hear!