We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Have always been intrigued by these "Kingdom Parables." Chuck Missler's perspective - that these are negative allusions - is especially interesting. Leaven, for example, would have been seen as emblematic of pride (being puffed up) and mustard trees are actually small bushes harboring untrustworthy birds, possibly birds that snatch away the word from verse 3 above.
Short version of Missler's longer discussion can be found here: [url] (https://khouse.org/articles/1994/31/print/) [/url]
He goes on to link these parables to the coming Church and the prophesies of Revelation.
I don't understand Matthew 13:44, (which I would have sworn was posted when I read this this morning.) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
So a man finds a treasure on land that doesn't belong to him. He's trespassing, in other words. Then he buries the treasure on the land, again trespassing, then he buys the land from the innocent seller who has no idea of the true value of his land. Isn't that bad faith? I don't mean to be heretical, here, just asking for an explanation.
44-52 Here are four parables. 1. That of the treasure hid in the field. Many slight the gospel, because they look only upon the surfaceq of the field. But all who search the Scriptures, so as in them to find Christ and eternal life, #Joh 5:39|, will discover such treasure in this field as makes it unspeakably valuable; they make it their own upon any terms. Though nothing can be given as a price for this salvation, yet much must be given up for the sake of it. 2. All the children of men are busy; one would be rich, another would be honourable, another would be learned; but most are deceived, and take up with counterfeits for pearls. Jesus Christ is a Pearl of great price; in having him, we have enough to make us happy here and for ever. A man may buy gold too dear, but not this Pearl of great price. When the convinced sinner sees Christ as the gracious Saviour, all things else become worthless to his thoughts. 3. The world is a vast sea, and men, in their natural state, are like the fishes. Preaching the gospel is casting a net into this sea, to catch something out of it, for His glory who has the sovereignty of this sea. Hypocrites and true Christians shall be parted: miserable is the condition of those that shall then be cast away. 4. A skilful, faithful minister of the gospel, is a scribe, well versed in the things of the gospel, and able to teach them. Christ compares him to a good householder, who brings forth fruits of last year's growth and this year's gathering, abundance and variety, to entertain his friends. Old experiences and new observations, all have their use. Our place is at Christ's feet, and we must daily learn old lessons over again, and new ones also.