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Table of Contents


The Wedding

Building On Rock And Sand

The Wheat and The Seeds

The Sower

The Mustard Seed

The Leaven

Treasure Hidden in a Field

The Priceless Pearl

The Dragnet

The Unmerciful Servant

The Workers in the Vineyard

The Two Sons

The Wicked Vine Growers

The Wedding Feast

The Budding Fig Tree

The Ten Wedding Guest

The Talents

The Seed Growing Silently

The Good Samaritan

The Rich Fool

The Fruitless Fig Tree

The Great Banquet

On Counting the Cost

The Lost Sheep

The Lost Coin

The Lost Son

The Shrewd Servant

The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Persistent Widow and the Reluctant Judge

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The Crucifixion

All Scripture passages are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.


In the pages that follow, is a study on the parables that our Lord Jesus taught to His disciples and all those that were around Him. The parables are meant to give the reader a deeper insight on the most Holy ways of the Father, Jehovah.

Some of the teachings are fairly easy to understand while still others have a much greater meaning. It is only through prayer, dedication, and the desire to become closer to the Father, that the true meanings may be revealed. This is only a beginning.

As one reads, they should stop and think about the many hidden messages through out the Bible. No one person on earth has all the answers. It is through personal study and sharing God’s Word with each other, that every one of us shall grow in our spiritual walk. May the Lord bless all those who read this with wisdom and understanding. It is through love, that this is written. It is through love that we may understand the teachings of Jesus. Our own salvation will only come about through love for the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It is through God’s love for each of us that will sustain us in eternal life.

May the Lord have mercy on every one.

The Wedding

John 2: 1-11

1) On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and 2) Jesus and His Disciples were invited to the wedding as well. 3) When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told him, “ They don’t have any wine.” 4) “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?” Jesus asked, “My hour has not yet come.”

5) “ Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants.

6) Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained twenty or thirty gallons.

7) “ Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. 8) Then He said to them, “ Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did. 9) When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from- though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10) and told him, “ Everybody sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine until now.”

11) Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

On the third day a wedding took place. In Genesis 1: 9-13, on the third day God created the earth and the seas. He brought forth vegetation, seed bearing plants, and trees bearing fruit. The third is significant because that is the day that God provided the necessities to sustain life on earth. The third day is when Jesus in His glory was revealed thus giving us the food for eternal life.

In John 2: 2-5, it tells us that Jesus’ mother was there. It shows us the compassion of the Blessed Mother on even the smallest of things. It reveals the enormous love between Jesus and Mary, fulfilling the first and fourth commandment. Thou shall have no other God’s before Me and thou shalt honor thy mother and father. Now Mary instructs the servants to do whatever He says. Mary is demonstrating two things here. One is to have complete faith in Jesus for nothing is impossible for Him. The second one shows us to do whatever the Lord asks of you. We may not understand why things should be done a certain way, but the end result will far exceed our expectations.

This passage also shows that Mary can be one of many vessels that the Lord will use to bring us closer to His Beloved Son, Jesus. Not only is Jesus there for us, but also the Blessed Mother is full of compassion and love for all of the children of Christ.

John 2: 6-8, here is the first indication of water and wine. Water is necessary to sustain life and the wine represents the blood of Christ, which was poured out for many.

John 2: 9-10 tells us that the best is yet to come. For most people, they want the very best first. They do not want to settle for anything else. After they have had their fill, then and only then, will they settle for something ordinary. What the Lord is revealing, stay with Me to the very end, and then you shall receive My greatest gifts. The guest represents society as a whole. In today’s world, it is all about one’s self. What they get for themselves without any thought given to the final days. As society fills up on the abundance of pleasure, self- gratification, then after a while, it will lose some of its appeal. They do not realize that things have become commonplace because they are still essentially drunk from an earlier time. They lose their place.

The new wine also represents the hope of the future that is there for each of us. There will be more than enough to satisfy each of us as we take part in the great banquet. The six jars, twenty to thirty gallons each, were more than enough for the wedding guests.

The wine of God is for all of us.

Building on Rock and Sand

The Two Foundations

Matthew 7: 24-27

24) “ Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25) The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it collapsed, because its foundation was on the rock. 26) But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27) The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!”

Luke 6: 46-49

46) “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don’t do the things I say? 47) I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words and acts on them: 48) He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the rivers crashed against that house and could not shake it, because it was well built. 49) But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!”

This is the very first parable that is recorded in both Matthew and Luke. It is the foundation on which everything is built. The Lord is laying out the groundwork. He is preparing the soil to receive the seed.

In order to build a house that will endure most hardships, the foundation on which the entire structure must rest, has to be solid and very strong.

Our faith is our own house. In order to create a strong base, we must work and put in hours of labor, studying the Word of God. Here is the reference, “ Stand on the rock of Christ.” Spending time reading the Bible, listening and sharing God’s Word will create an immovable footing.

The Lord is revealing through the rain and floods, that this life we are living, will contain many storms. If our faith is based in Christ, then yes, the outside will take the force of the storm with possible damage, but nothing can harm our own spirit. Our flesh is weak and will fall into sin, that is our nature. The spirit on the other hand is our strength.

As we become closer to God, the storms of the flesh will start to lose focus on our surroundings and come to trust in Christ and His protection.

If we do not listen and believe in the teachings of Jesus, then “ the destruction of that house was great!” It is up to us where and how we will build our house of faith.

The Wheat and The Weeds

Matthew 13: 24-30

24) He presented another parable to them: “ The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25) But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. 26) When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27) The landowner’s slaves came to him and said, “ Master, didn’t you sow good seeds in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?”

28) “An enemy did this!” he told them. “ So, do you want us to go and gather them up?” the slaves asked him.

29) “ No,” he said, “ When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. 30) Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.”

Verses 24 and 25 represent man from the beginning of time. In the Garden of Eden, the enemy Satan, in the form of a serpent appeared and tempted Eve. Throughout every generation since then, the enemy has constantly tried to overtake the followers of Christ.

God allows good and evil to co-exist because He does not to lose one single grain that is good. The enemy will cause hardship. He will entangle our roots with false teachings and try to block out the light from reaching the plant. Both the good and bad will continue to grow together until the day of harvest is reached.

The day of harvest has two meanings. One is simply our own death. Our life on earth has a set number of days according to the will of the Father. There is a purpose for each of us. It is for us to cause an effect on others. One may never know how their own life has affected others but in the ways of Heaven, it has done just that.

On the day of harvest, which many people call the rapture, the good and the bad will be separated.

Matthew 13: 37-43

37) He replied: “ The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38) the field is the world; and the good seed – these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and 39) the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40) Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41) The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42) They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43) Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen.”

Revelations 7: 3, “Don’t harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we seal the slaves of our God on their foreheads.” Revelations 14: 15-16, 15) Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud. “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16) So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

During our growth, the enemy will constantly try to put obstacles in our path. The thirst for riches, power, prestige, and control will only lead to an enormous pride within ones self that will cause a separation from God. Sin will come in many forms but we must remember our roots are planted in God’s soil through prayer and dedication.

The Sower

Matthew 13: 3-9

3) Then He told them many things in parables, saying, “Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4) As he was sowing, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5) Others fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil, and they sprang up quickly since the soil wasn’t deep. 6) But when the sun came up they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered. 7) Others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. 8) Still others fell on good ground, and produced a crop; some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown. 9) Anyone who has ears should listen.”

Mark 4: 3-9

3) “Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4) As he sowed, this occurred; some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5) Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it sprang up right away, since it didn’t have deep soil. 6) When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it didn’t have a root, it withered. 7) Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn’t produce a crop. 8) Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased 30,60, and 100 times what was sown.” Then He said, “ Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!”

Luke 8: 5-8

5) “ A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some fell along the path; it was trampled on and the birds of the sky ate it up. 6) Other seed fell on the rock; where it sprang up, it withered, since it lacked moisture. 7) Other seed fell among thorns; the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8) Still other seed fell on good ground; when it sprang up, it produced a crop; 100 times what was sown.” As He said this He called out, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!”

The Parable of the Sower Explained

Matthew 13: 18-23

18) “ You, then, listen to the parable of the sower: 19) When anyone hears the Word about the kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one sown along the path. 20) And the one sown on rocky ground- this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. 21) Yet he has no root in himself, but is short lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the Word, immediately he stumbles. 22) Now the one sown among the thorns- this is one who hears the Word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23) But the one sown on good ground- this is one who hears and understands the Word, who does bear fruit and yields: some 100, some 60, some 30 times (what was sown).”

Mark 4: 13-20

13) Then he said to them: “ Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? 14) The sower sows the Word. 15) These are the ones along the path where the Word is sown: When they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the Word sown in them.

16) And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the Word, immediately they receive it with joy. 17) But they have no root in themselves; they are short lived. When affliction or persecution comes because of the Word, they immediately stumble. 18) Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the Word, 19) but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20) But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the Word, welcome it, and produce a crop: 30,60, and 100 times what was sown.”

Luke 8: 11-15

11) “ This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the Word of God. 12) The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13) And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the Word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. 14) As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. 15) But the seed in the good ground- these are the ones who having heard the Word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.”

The parable of the sower is one of only two parables that are recorded in three of the four gospels. This is a very important lesson to learn. The Lord is showing the reader to build his foundation on solid ground.

The Word of God is cast upon everyone. Some will cast it aside, usually with anger or mockery, as soon as they hear. The seed on the rock are those who will follow the crowd. No matter which way the crowd turns. They will still be among them. When times of trouble begin, they run and hide from persecution. They will never fully understand God’s Word.

The ones choked by thorns are typically 60-70 % of the churches congregation. Every time the doors of church are opened, they are singing and praising God. When church is over, they step right back into sin. They are caught up in the ways of man, the quest for success and accolades. They want the power, the leadership roles, the sexual immorality, and then their own ego takes over. They have faith and believe in God, but yet they do not practice the teachings of the Lord.

The seeds that fall onto good soil are not followers of this world. They are usually the quiet ones who are sitting back and taking notice. They do not have to be number one, or leaders of the community. They will step up to the Lord’s calling when that time arrives. They try to live their life with love and compassion for all. They are not perfect. They will still fall into sin. They realize that sin separates them from God and their own sin convicts them. They repent, ask for forgiveness, and fast. They will produce a crop, not by their actions or speech, but their will to live their life as Jesus teaches us through the parables. These are the quiet movers who will bring mountains down to rubble.

Trust in the Lord and ask the Lord to show you what path you are actually walking. Through prayer and God’s love, all seed can produce good fruit.

The Mustard Seed

Matthew 13: 31-32

31) He presented another parable to them: “ The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his fields. 32) It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”

Mark 4: 30-32

30) And He said: “ How can we illustrate the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to describe it? 31) It’s like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground. 32) And when sown, it comes up and grows taller than all the vegetables and produces large branches so that the birds of the sky can rest in its shade.”

Luke 13: 18-19

18) He said therefore, “ What is the Kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? 19) Its like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.”

The Kingdom of Heaven touches all that we see. It may start as a small thought but with proper diligence and awareness, it will become greater than anyone could realize. The Kingdom of God has no end and everything in the universe falls under the Lords’ plan. With the Lords’ grace the Kingdom will provide shelter, shade, a home, and protection from the ways of this world.

A mustard seed is so small that it will actually fit on top of a pen. As it grows, it becomes a tree of strength, durability, and beauty. The tree does not need to tower over all the trees in the forest, but it will find itself a home.

When we are born, the Holy Spirit planted in each of us, the seed of heaven. As the seed grows and matures, it develops a quiet strength for others to see. Only through faith, can we become a source of strength to all those around us. Through the Lords’ love and grace, a person can grow spiritually to help all who come in contact with them.

The seed starts off very small, but it is the Lord who enables it to grow. We must be open-minded and understand that the Lord provides everything for our journey. Trust, pray, read the Bible, pray, and ask the Father for His guidance. Remember everyday what our Lord Jesus is continually doing for us.

The Leaven

Matthew 13: 33

33) He told them another parable: “ The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through all of it.”

Hidden Treasure

Matthew 13: 44

44) The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure, buried in a field that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.”

Priceless Pearl

Matthew 13: 47-50

45) “ Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like merchant in search of fine pearls 46) When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.”

Parable of the Net

Matthew 13: 47-50

47) “ Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish, 48) and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. 49) So it will be at the end of age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous, 50) and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

The Leaven

The mustard seed represents the faith of man and the yeast is how from one starting point, it will spread and affect the entire community. Just as bread needs yeast to rise to its maximum height, man needs God to reach his or hers full potential.

Followers of Christ, our Lord Jesus, are to be examples for the rest to notice. To call yourself a true disciple of Christ, one must be willing to go throughout the entire community, helping every person when they can. We are family, not connected by blood but joined by faith. To love one another as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit loves us.

Hidden Treasure and Priceless Pearl

Our faith is the hidden treasure worth more than any material thing in this world. Once man begins to understand the depth of the Fathers’ love and grace, nothing else truly matters. One is willing to sell everything back to the world in order to walk with Christ. The realization of what is truly important starts to come through and the light of heaven becomes brighter.

To have true faith simply means to learn about God, His love, grace, righteousness, and wrath. Our own priorities fade away and our attention is focused on the Kingdom and what we can do to help the Lord spread His love. To be with God is the ultimate treasure.

The Net

The Lord is showing us that the good and bad fish will be separated at the end of age. The good and the bad will live together, share the same food, swim in the same waters, but when the net comes, the good will be collected and the bad will be thrown back.

Lord Jesus is warning us. If man will not look beyond his own self-worth, he may very well be tossed back. The journey starts with a seed, grows to maturity, helps all those around them, be willing to give up everything, just to follow Christ and His teachings.

At the end of age, then and only then will the sheep be separated from the goats. People have the choice to make, follow this world and the worldly things it offers, or stop and see just how far from God they are at the present moment. The Lord casts His net on every man, woman, and child. All people are under the net. Which will you be? A fish kept because it was good or one who will be cast back into the waters of the world without Gods’ protection anymore. If one strives for self-worth, then they shall rely solely on themselves at the end and there failure shall find them.

Matthew 18: 3-7

“ I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 4) Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child- this one is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5) And whoever welcomes one child like this in My Name welcomes Me.” 6) “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me- it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! 7) Woe to the world because of offenses. For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offence comes.”

The Unmerciful Servant

Matthew 18: 23-35

23) “ For this reason the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24) When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. 25) Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.

26) At this time, the slave fell face down before him and said, “ Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!” 27) Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave the debt.

28) “ But the slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, “ Pay, what you owe!”

29) “ At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, “ Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.” 30) But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed. 31) When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened.

32) “ Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, “ You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33) Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?” 34) And his master got angry and handed him over to the jailers until he could pay everything that was owed. 35) So My Heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart.”

The very first thing that we see in this parable is that the Lord will hold us accountable for everything that we do. Not one sin will be forgotten until we fall face down before the Lord and ask for His forgiveness. The Lord is very compassionate as long as we are willing to humble ourselves before His Presence.

The slave welcomed his masters’ forgiveness and compassion but he did not fully understand it. He went out, found a fellow servant, and had him thrown in jail for a very small amount of money that was owed to him.

Now the master had heard what the first slave had done and became angry. There is nothing that is hidden or done in secret that escapes the Lord knowing about it.

The master had the slave put in jail until all of the debt was paid. The sin of man is the burden of debt that one carries daily. Man cannot escape sin but through the Lords compassion, it can be forgiven. To come before the Lord, one must be clean and free of debt. If a man will not humble himself before the Lord and follow the examples that the Father has already done, then that man will endure the Fathers’ justice.

The Father gave His Son to be a living example of the righteousness, love, and grace that waits on all of man. If man refuses to learn the lessons of heaven, then how can he expect to receive the joy of Gods glory? Heaven never stops teaching, then why should man stop learning?

The teachings of the Lord, comes in many forms. There is no one set way for the Lord. Every person on this earth has a slightly different way of learning. Some can learn by hearing the Word, some must be shown, and some must learn through hardship. Thank you Father for your patience.

The Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20: 1-16

1) “ For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2) After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3) When he went out about nine in the morning, he saw others standing in the market place doing nothing. 4) To those men he said, “ You also go to my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right”. So off they went. 5) About noon and at three, he went out again and did the same thing. 6) Then about five, he went out and found others standing around and he said to them, “ Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?”

7) “ Because no one has hired us,” they said to him. “ You also go to my vineyard,” he told them. 8) When evening came the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, “ Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.”

9) “ When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius. 10) So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each. 11) When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner: 12) “ These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day and the burning heat!”

13) He replied to one of them, “ Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? 14) Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. 15) Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I am generous? 16) ‘So the last will be first, and the first last.”

The workday here represents mans life. All men are called into service for the Lord at different times. Some are called at birth (morning), some as a small child, some early in life, and some with only a small time left. The Lord is offering all of us a chance to share with Him, His Kingdom.

The workers that were first called got upset at the end of the day because in their own minds, they thought they were more important. After all, they worked constantly through out their life and endured the ridicule that others had given them. In their quest for service, they had let their own pride, ego, and self-worth to become evident. They could not see where they had been consumed by sin. They still received their wages but they were not number one anymore.

All men have an equal space with the Lord. All men have the opportunity to work and share in the Glory of God. If man would just simply humble themselves and view everyone as an equal, then heaven itself would have to grow even more to accommodate all of man.

The Lord is telling us, no matter when you are called, be ready to work. All men are called from birth to study and learn Gods’ Word. Throughout their life, they will be called to perform certain jobs. Do not let pride, ego, and self-gratification take over because then you may be last or may not even make it through the Gates of Heaven.

The Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 21: 28- 32

28) “ But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, “ My son, go, work in the vineyard today.”

29) He answered, “ I don’t want to!” Yet later he changed his mind and went. 30) Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. “ I will, sir,” he answered, but he didn’t go.

31) “ Which one of the two did his fathers will?”

Jesus said to them, “ I assure you: Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom Of God before you! 32) For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him, but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him.”

Our Lord was talking about the Biblical scholars, the educated, the business owners, and the ones who had positions of wealth and power. What happened was that the people had gotten so wrapped up in themselves. They relished their possessions and the praise of others. This led to the opportunity of Satan’s followers to cause their own pride and ego to inflate to the point to where they believed they knew it all. When John came preaching the good news, their own minds would not let the Words of God to settle in their hearts. They viewed John as an outcast, an unkempt, uneducated man.

The Holy Spirit is the one who taught John. When John saw Jesus coming to be baptized, John knew it was the Son of God. The common folks, the workers of the world, believed in John.

It is good to have knowledge and be willing to constantly learn. The more one learns about the Kingdom of Heaven, the more they realize how very little they actually know. Man learns to be humble and accepts wisdom from some of the most unlikely situations. Never stop learning. A man can study the Bible his entire life and still come away empty in his heart.

Do not let pride and education over come you because if you do, you could very easily miss some of the Lords teachings. Learn what it means to be humble and open for direction. Read, pray, share Gods Word with those who will listen, and share in the sacrifice that Jesus did for us. Learn to fast and put away all things of this world.

The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

Matthew 21: 33- 44

33) “ Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. 34) When the grape harvest drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit. 35) But the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36) Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first group, and they did the same to them. 37) Finally, he sent his son to them. “ They will respect my son,” he said.

38) “ But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, “ This is the heir. Come lets kill him and take his inheritance!” 39) So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40) Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”

41) “ He will completely destroy those terrible men,” they told him, “ and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his produce at the harvest.”

42) Jesus said to them, “ Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes.”

43) Therefore I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit. 44) Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whom it falls, it will grind him to powder!”

Luke 20: 9-18

9) Then he began to tell the people this parable: “ A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. 10) At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty handed. 11) He sent yet another slave, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty handed. 12) And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out.

13) “ Then the owner of the vineyard said, “ What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.

14) But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, “ This is the heir. Lets kill him, so the inheritance will be ours!” 15) So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“ Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16) He will come and destroy those farmers and give the vineyard to others.”

But when they heard this they said, “ No-never!”

17) But He looked at them and said, “ Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected- this has become the cornerstone?”

18) “ Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder.”

Our Lord Jesus is telling the truth about what had happened to the prophets and messengers in the Old Testament. He is also giving us an insight on what will happen to Him.

The Father chose Israel to be His people. The Father chose them, not because of their own righteousness, but so that the Father and Son will be glorified through the people.

Many people of all nations have strayed or pulled away from God. Gods’ chosen people are anybody that truly believes in God in their hearts. When Jesus first sent out the apostles to spread the good news, He told them to only go to the Israelites. The second time Jesus sent out the apostles, they were to minister to anyone who was in need or who would listen.

Ones’ own genealogy and birth line holds very little value, if one does not follow the Lord. The non-believers will have the grace of the Lord removed from them but even a gentile, who is strong in their faith, shall be welcomed into the Lords’ presence.

Man chooses his own destiny by his actions and words. One man may become evil pursuing the things of this world while another man remains humble in the things that God has entrusted to him. Gods’ grace extends to all of mankind and the Lords’ wrath also extends to all of mankind.

Study, pray, and learn about the Lord and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Take time and make time for the Lord. The Lord can and will protect all those that are His! Amen!!

The Wedding Feast

Matthew 22: 1-14

1) Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2) “ The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3) He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. 4) Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, “ Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”

5) “ But they paid no attention and went away; one to his own farm, another to his business. 6) And the others seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. 7) The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city.

8) Then he told his slaves, “ The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9) Therefore, go to where the road exits the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet. 10) So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. 11) But when the King came in to view the guest, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. 12) So he said to him, “ Friend, how did you get here without wedding clothes?” The man was speechless.

13) Then the King told the attendants, “ Tie him up, hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness. Where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 14) “ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

The wedding banquet represents the Kingdom of Heaven. Many times the Lord has sent out His servants to bring people in to the Lords’ house. The servants have often been killed or have been humiliated. The actual wedding is the day that the Lord comes down from heaven and will reign in the presence of the people forever.

The guests that had been invited would not leave the material things of this world. They were chosen first, but since they had rebelled, their invitation was taken away from them. The King then invited everyone to come, both good and evil.

When the King arrived, one guest was not in wedding clothes, attracted his attention. The guest had not prepared himself for the wedding. The guest did not take the time to cleanse himself. He went because he followed the others and he thought he could enjoy himself. The king had the guest thrown out because he was not clean.

Nothing we do will ever escape the knowledge of the Lord. God is, was, and will always be infinite in His nature. God prepared heaven for us but if we do not attempt to cleanse ourselves and give God prayer and true love, then our own invitation will be taken away and given to someone else.

Our Lord is a righteous and loving God, a God who does not play favorites. The president and the janitor are the same in Gods’ eyes. Take time for the Lord and He will guide us everyday, every minute, and help us stay on the true path to the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Fig Tree

Matthew 24: 32-35

32) “ Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33) In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near- at the door! 34) I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”

Jesus is telling us to watch for signs on earth and in the heavens, to be watchful and open for understanding. The end is very near. It is not the end of man but it is the end of evil. Jesus came in the flesh, warned us of things to come, and showed us how we should be living each day. Everything that man searches for can be found in the Bible.

The followers of Christ have to step back from this world and delve deeply into the Word of God. By reading, praying, fasting, and sharing Gods loving Words, we are watching for His return. Anyone who seeks God with a true heart, our Father has already prepared a banquet for them. One has to learn to carry his or her own cross of belief. The relationship with God is a personal, one on one relationship. Pray and ask for forgiveness. Pray and share in the Lords’ love.

The Ten Virgins

Matthew 25: 1-13

1) “ Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2) Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3) When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil for them. 4) But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. 5) Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6) “ In the middle of the night there was a shout: “Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.”

7) “Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8) But the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “ Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.”

9) “The sensible ones answered, “ No, there won’t enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.”

10) “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut.

11) “ Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, “ Master, master, open up for us!”

12) “ But he replied, “ I assure you: I do not know you!”

13) “ Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.”

Take the necessary steps to be prepared when the Lord comes back to earth or when we go to meet Him. Our own death and Jesus returning, no one knows the exact day or the hour. As followers of Christ, we must prepare ourselves on an hour-to-hour basis. Many people will make preparations for the short term but they fall short in the long term. Our Lord is telling us that if we truly want to go to heaven, then it is time now to make our paths straight. If we wait or do only the bare minimum, then the door will be closed to us.

Just as the bridegroom, who is Jesus, came at an unknown hour, so shall the Glory of God be revealed. The Lord is showing us compassion by allowing everyone a chance to share in the banquet of heaven. Our Lord is giving us time to become prepared. If we do not learn how to pray from the heart and learn about Jesus, then our own invitation may be taken away.

As a loving Father, God has sent many prophets to warn us about upcoming events. God is the same today as He was a million years ago. Throughout the Old Testament, one can read about the great prophets of old, who constantly warned the people of things to come. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to teach us and give us warnings of a terrible destruction that will befall this planet very soon.

Pray and ask for wisdom. Pray for understanding. Pray for confirmations. Pray with love. Amen!

The Talents

Matthew 25: 14-30

14) “ For it is just like a man going on a journey. He called his own slaves and turned over his possessions to them. 15) To one he gave five talents; to another two, and to another, one – to each according to his own ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately 16) the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17) In the same way, the man with the two earned two more. 18) But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his masters’ money.

19) “ After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20) The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents and said, “ Master, you gave me five talents. Look, I’ve earned five more talents.”

21) “ His master said to him, “ Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things: I will put you in charge of many things. Share your masters joy!”

22) “ Then the man with two talents also approached. He said, “ Master, you gave me two talents. Look, I’ve earned two more talents.”

23) “ His master said to him, “ Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your masters joy.”

24) “ Then the man who had received one talent also approached and said, “ Master, I know you. You’re a difficult man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25) So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.”

26) “ But his master replied to him, “ You evil, lazy slave! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27) then you should have deposited my money with bankers. And when I returned I would have received my money back with interest.

28) So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29) For everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30) And throw this good for nothing slave into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Luke 19: 12- 27

12) Therefore He said, “ A nobleman traveled to a far country to receive for himself authority to be king and then return. 13) He called 10 of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and told them, “ Engage in business until I come back.”

14) “ But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him saying, “ We don’t this man to rule over us!”

15) “ At his return, having received the authority to be king, he summoned those slaves he had given the money to so he could find out how much they had made in business. 16) The first came forward and said, “ Master, your mina has earned 10 more minas.”

17) “ Well done, good slave!” he told him. “ Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, have authority over 10 towns.”

18) The second came and said, “ Master, your mina has made five mina.”

19) “ So he said to him, “ You will be over five towns.”

20) “ And another came and said, “ Master, here is your mina. I have kept it hidden away in a cloth 21) because I was afraid of you, for you’re a tough man: you collect what you didn’t deposit and reap what you didn’t sow.”

22) “ He told him, “ I will judge you by what you have said, you evil slave! If you knew I was a tough man, collecting what I didn’t sow, 23) why didn’t you put my money in the bank? And when I returned, I would have collected it with interest!” 24) So he said to those standing there, “ Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has 10 mina.”

25) “ But they said to him, “ Master, he has 10 minas.”

26) “ I tell you, that to everyone who has, more will be given: and from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 27) But bring here these enemies of mine, who did not want me to rule over them, and slaughter them in my presence.”

The very first thing that should be noticed is Matthew 25:15 … “ to each according to his own ability. Every person is called into the Lords service. Each service is unique to that individual. What one is not able to do, another one can. It is not important what job you have or how rich a person is, but in how they serve Jesus and the Holy Father.

Faith and how one shares their own faith is one message of this parable. If one shares the love that Jesus gives us, then even more souls will be brought to the Kingdom of God. When a person hides their faith, they are not trying to increase the abundance of heaven, but they are only concerned with themselves. All they can see is just what is in front of them. They do not go beyond their own expectations. They are doing the complete opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Faith is service out of love. No self-gain and no self worth is needed. As the faith increases, one will be given more tasks to do from the Lord. Some will be small while others can be larger than a person thinks he is capable of doing. Modern day man is limited in his abilities but with the Love of God, everything can be accomplished. Faith and service goes hand in hand together.

The last part Jesus is again warning us. If we do not serve God, then it is possible for the devil to deceive us. Satan is full of lies and will only bring destruction. It will hurt the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to lose any of their children, but in perfect righteousness, they must let go of their pain. One either serves God or chooses not to serve, which will find them the pit. There is great joy in heaven and we can be a part of it through prayer and dedication.

The Growing Seed

Mark 4: 26- 29

26) “ The Kingdom of God is like this,” He said. “ A man scatters seed on the ground; 27) he sleeps and rises- night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows- he doesn’t know how. 28) The soil produces a crop by itself- first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head. 29) But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because harvest has come.”

The Lord is telling us that there is a natural progression of things. There is a specified order for things to happen in order to bring about the harvest.

Man has limited understanding about how things work on this planet and knows even less about the ways of God. Everything happens for a reason. What one may turn away from could have been a learning lesson that was missed.

We are not to question our own faith. We are simply to understand that God is in control and our steps are not our own. Faith grows within the love of Christ. Our responsibilities and service will be revealed in Gods’ time. Questions will arise. Doubts will surface. It is our belief in Gods love and protection that will cause all fear to leave us.

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10: 25-37

25) Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “ Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26) “ What is written in the law?” He asked him. “ How do you read it?”

27) He answered, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

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