Our church's sermon series is about the Parables. Our Scripture readings were taken from the books of Psalm 78:1 and Philippians 3:4-11 and Matthew 13:44-46. Here are some of the important points, and message that I learned from our pastor's sermon.
Ptr. Cortes, opening remarks is about an illustration regarding the Saddle Ridge Hoard that was discovered in 2013. A couple discovered coins inside the can valued to be worth 11 million. In China, they if they have the Great Wall, they also have the Great Ocean Pearl valued at 139 million. This pearl glows green in the dark. These are 2 treasures of great value for those who have found them. Just like the treasure to what Our Lord Jesus tells us in this parables. He did not mark it X for us but with His blood, by the cross. A cross marks the spot.
We will learn here what a parable is and what it is not. Three things that parable are not:
1. Parables are not just stories with good moral lesson.
2. Parables are not meant to tell us that story-telling should replace preaching.
3. The parables are not just good sermon illustration.
"When Jesus teaches a parable, he is not opening up Chicken Soup for the Soul or a fortune cookie but a window into the hidden heaven lies. He is revealing a glimpse of eternity crashing into time, a flash photo of his own wisdom brought to bear." - Jared Wilson
The 2 fold purpose that Jesus quoted in Isaiah 6:9-10:
1. To reveal the truth of His kingdom to those with eyes, to see and ears to hear.
2. To hide the truth from those whose eyes were closed and whose ears are hard of hearing.
The word parable has a wide array of meaning in the Old Testament it is called mashalim and in the New Testament it is called parabole that comes from the Greek word. What then is a parable? It is an ingeniously simple word, picture or story. A parable always makes comparison in order to explain a profound truth, There are 7 parables in Matthew 13.
What is the Kingdom of Heaven and what is the Kingdom of God. These 2 are synonymous with each other. The apostle Matthew uses the Kingdom of Heaven because he was writing to the Jews.
There are 2 views with regards to the Kingdom.
The Kingdom of Heaven refers to paradise, a celestial city. Limited view. While the Kingdom in the church, refers to the heaven and church enlisted in God's kingdom but are distinguished in each other. Simply, according to John Macarthur, "God's kingdom refers to God's reign, not a place or people. It is a spiritual dominion, not a realm or place." For us to easily remember, "The kingdom of heaven is the meaningful presence of God's reign." according to Jared Wilson.
There are 2 points in God's parable.
1. The main character or individual in the story.
2. Both treasures that they found were not clearly visible.
Most believers believe that they become a part of God's kingdom if they faithfully attend church, or worship with their families. We become part of God's kingdom when you put your trust in Jesus. Nearly all of Jesus parables has only 1 main point: Discipleship to the King. We are the lost sheep that the shepherd found not the other way around. We should also delight in Kingdom eternal.