THE FORETOLD GOVERNMENT OF GOD'S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Matthew 12: 22-28
Then was brought to Jesus one possessed with a devil, the man was
blind and dumb: and Jesus healed him, so much so that the blind and dumb
man both spoke and could now see. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come
to you. Or as it says in Luke 11: 20: But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
The next three parables show the humble beginnings of the Government of God as a mustered seed, the small amount of yeast it takes to ferment a whole loaf of bread and the first laborers who bear the burden of the work.
31. Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and planted in his field: 32. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches of it. 33. Then another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was fermented.
1. For the kingdom of heaven is like a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers to work in his vineyard. 2. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4. And said to them; You go also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said to them, Why are you standing here all the day idle? 7. They say to him, Because no man has hired us. He said to them, You go also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall you receive. 8. So when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard said to his foreman, Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last to the first. 9. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12. Saying, These last have worked but one hour, and you have made them equal to us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I'm not doing you any wrong: didn't not thou agree with me for a penny? 14. Take what is yours , and go your way: I will give to this last, the same as you. 15. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is your eye evil, because I am good? 16. So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
© 2009 Daniel Martinovich