Friday, December 1, 2006 4:00 a.m.
Matthew 13:1-52 gives us seven Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.
- The mystery of the sower. (Matthew 13:3-8).
- The mystery of the tares among the wheat. (Matthew 13:24-30).
- The mystery of the mustard seed. (Matthew 13:31-32).
- The mystery of the leaven. (Matthew 13:33).
- The mystery of the hidden treasure. (Matthew 13:44).
- The mystery of the pearl. (Matthew 13:45-46).
- The mystery of the drag-net. (Matthew 13:47-48). All of these mysteries represent the gospel and Christians in this present world. They all began with Jesus’ ministry, and they will end with the harvest, which is the end of the world. The parables of the mysteries of the kingdom differentiate the good seed from the bad seed. The good wheat from the tares. The good fish from the bad fish. In the end, God sends His angels to separate the good from the bad. Matthew 13:49 says, “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.” The good shall be gathered into heaven and the bad shall be cast “into the firy furnace.” (Matthew 13:50). Thought for Today: “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:43).