Monday, November 14, 2005

Preaching a Series of Parables 

I'm preaching this Wednesday and the Gospel lesson is one that does not easily yield up its winkel, or meaning and kernel of truth. Matthew 13:44-52. I've been thinking about a few things. The Kingdom of Heaven is like...a poor farmer finding an oil resovoir in a vacant field...a early saturday morning riser finding a priceless pearl at a garage sale...a fisherman who caught a whole bunch of pinfish at the same time he caught a few snook.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like someone who is looking for something else and upon finding it, gets rid of everything they thought was it but was not.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a servant who becomes a master.

The Kingdom of Heaven is someone who finds worth is both new treasure and old.

I imagine, if we could see the Gospel being played out as it was taking place, that when Jesus asked the apostles if they understood what he was saying, we'd hear them saying, "Yes," but see them shaking their heads no.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like an Apostle who is trying hard to get it, but doesn't, only to realize later that he really did, but was afraid of the answer.



Wow. Whatever you decide to go with, use that last line. I love it.

By Blogger Susie, at 8:45 AM  

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