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Parables

Words of Wisdom on the Kingdom of God

(conclusion)

(to them that had an ear to hear)

Certain Rich Man, plentiful Crops, barn

 

Luk 12:16-21, 31-40 NKJV

(16)  Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

(17)  And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'

(18)  So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.

(19)  And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." '

(20)  But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'

(21)  "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

 

(31)  But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

(32)  "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

(33)  Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.

(34)  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

(35)  "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;

(36)  and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

(37)  Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

(38)  And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

(39)  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

(40)  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

 

King’s Invitation

Mat 22:1-14 NKJV

(1)  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:

(2)  "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,

(3)  and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

(4)  Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." '

(5)  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.

(6)  And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.

(7)  But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

(8)  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

(9)  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'

(10)  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

(11)  "But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.

(12)  So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.

(13)  Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

(14)  "For many are called, but few are chosen."

 

Isa 30:1-2 NKJV

(1)  "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;

(2)  Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!

 

Isa 3:16-4:1 NKJV

(16)  Moreover the LORD says: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, And walk with outstretched necks And wanton eyes, Walking and mincing as they go, Making a jingling with their feet,

(17)  Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, And the LORD will uncover their secret parts."

(18)  In that day the Lord will take away the finery: The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents;

(19)  The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;

(20)  The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; The perfume boxes, the charms,

(21)  and the rings; The nose jewels,

(22)  the festal apparel, and the mantles; The outer garments, the purses,

(23)  and the mirrors; The fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

(24)  And so it shall be: Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench; Instead of a sash, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, baldness; Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty.

(25)  Your men shall fall by the sword, And your mighty in the war.

(26)  Her gates shall lament and mourn, And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.

(1)  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, "We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; Only let us be called by your name, To take away our reproach."

Vinedressers

Mat 21:33-46 NKJV

(33)  "Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.

(34)  Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.

(35)  And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.

(36)  Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

(37)  Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

(38)  But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'

(39)  So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

(40)  "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"

(41)  They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."

(42)  Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. THIS WAS THE LORD'S DOING, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES' ?

(43)  "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.

(44)  And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."

(45)  Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.

(46)  But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.

 

Mar 12:1-12 NKJV

Luk 20:9-19 NKJV

Judgment Coming

Luk 18:1-8 NKJV

(1)  Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

(2)  saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.

(3)  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.'

(4)  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man,

(5)  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' "

(6)  Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.

(7)  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

(8)  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

 

Luk 19:11-28 NKJV

(11)  Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

(12)  Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.

(13)  So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'

(14)  But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'

(15)  "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

(16)  Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.'

(17)  And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'

(18)  And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.'

(19)  Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.'

(20)  "Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.

(21)  For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'

(22)  And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.

(23)  Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'

(24)  "And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.'

(25)  (But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.')

(26)  'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

(27)  But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.' "

(28)  When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 

Luk 21:29-36 NKJV

(29)  Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.

(30)  When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.

(31)  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

(32)  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.

(33)  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

(34)  "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

(35)  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.

(36)  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

Luk 12:41-48 NKJV

(41)  Then Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?"

(42)  And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?

(43)  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

(44)  Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

(45)  But if that servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,

(46)  the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

(47)  And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

(48)  But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

 

Luk 13:1-9 NKJV

(1)  There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

(2)  And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

(3)  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

(4)  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

(5)  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

(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.' "

When the Kingdom of God has come manifestly, there will be judgment… and all will pay dearly for frustrating the work of Kingdom of God in themselves and in others. The unfruitful trees will be cut down. The tares will be bound and cast into the fire. The goats will be condemned to everlasting fire and eternal punishment.

But to those who have allowed the Kingdom of God to have His way in them, they will produce fruit 30, 60, and hundred fold. They will be given more than what they were given originally. They will be found pleasing in the sight of the Lord, accepted in the beloved, and destined for everlasting righteousness. 

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