In today’s passage we have two parables about the kingdom of God. God’s kingdom is like a man planting seeds and the seed grows night and day. The man doesn’t understand it but the seed grows and grows into a plant and when it’s ready, he harvests it.
The kingdom of God is also like a mustard seed, which is so tiny but grows into a large plant where birds can be protected from the sun.
So the kingdom of God grows and grows and we don’t always understand it.
Interestingly, the passage ends by saying that Jesus often used stories to teach people but explained more to his disciples. I sometimes wish a few more explanations had been included in the scriptures.
My own interpretation for today is that we can go plant those seeds with love. Love is the seed of the kingdom of God–what else could grow so beautifully?
Jesus continues with parables about the Kingdom of God. Interesting, as a child growing up in the evangelical church, when I heard God’s Kingdom, I thought it was talking about heaven, but that’s not really what he’s talking about if you actually read it.
Here are all the things Jesus says God’s Kingdom is like in this reading:
Mustard seed–starts small, grows into something huge)
Yeast–little bit of yeast makes all the dough rise
Hidden treasure in a field–worth selling everything else to gain it
Fine pearls–again, worth selling everything to gain it
Fishing net–catches so many people, good and bad–good gathered up and evil to be thrown into the fire
That’s a lot to unpack. The kingdom of God starts out as something tiny but grows into something huge and worth everything else in life. And it will gather up both good and bad people and throw out the bad.
I like this part:
Then Jesus asked his followers, “Do you understand all these things?”
Finally Jesus says that teachers of the law who have learned about the Kingdom of God now has new things to teach. It’s like he has new and old things in his house and he “brings out the new with the old.” There is value in both the new teaching of Jesus and the old teaching of the law.
Who are you in the Kingdom of God? Are you helping the mustard seed to grow into something amazing? Are you spreading the love of Christ? Or are you doing evil? Go into the world and do good today.