The “kingdom” parables show us what a treasure we have in Jesus. How sad that some reject His loving rule.

Scripture: Matthew 13:44-58

ESV Text: Matthew 13:44-58


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 13

     44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

     53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 361:
O Jesus, King Most Wonderful

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Jesus, King most wonderful, 
Thou Conqueror renowned, 
Thou Sweetness most ineffable, 
In whom all joys are found! 

2. When once Thou visitest the heart, 
The truth begins to shine, 
Then earthly vanities depart, 
Then kindles love divine. 

3. O Jesus, Light of all below, 
Thou Fount of life and fire, 
Surpassing all the joys we know, 
All that we can desire– 

4. May every heart confess Thy name 
And ever Thee adore 
And, seeking Thee, itself inflame 
To seek Thee more and more! 

5. Thee may our tongues forever bless, 
Thee may we love alone, 
And ever in our lives express 
The image of Thine own! 


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