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The Perfect Pearl

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it (vv. 45-46).

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Good Friday Reflection IX

It is interesting reviewing the last few Good Fridays.

In 2013, our family was new to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, and I was finishing up my administrative internship. My goal was to move into a new position within three years.

Three years later, I am working as a Staff Developer for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

In 2014, I missed a Good Friday reflection for the first time in seven years. I wonder if we were in West Virginia and I was away from a computer.

Last year, I predicted that Cuomo would have to “give back the milk money,” and in many ways this is what has happened.

This past year has been one of transitions. We have our new dog, Debo. Amy’s writing and editing work has become profitable. Sarah has gone to Longridge and thrived in public school. Jack missed the coffeehouse but is Scar in the Lion King, Jr.

Earlier today, I got a new Kia to replace the 2000 dark green Neon. The old car couldn’t hold its oil and stopped starting in the cold and damp early spring weather.

The service over at Concord was powerful. Lori’s family are also SBTW Galatians!

My biggest hopes for the next year are for our family: more love and patience and endurance. This is my prayer for the next year.

I wonder what I will be thinking on April 14, 2017.

 

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A Kingdom of Heaven Parable

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (v. 44).

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Jesus Interprets the Parable of the Crazy Farmer

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen (vv. 36-43)!

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Why Parables?

Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
    I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world” (vv. 34-35).

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The Yeast Parable

[Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened” (v. 33).

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Mustard Seed Parable

[Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches” (vv. 31-32).

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