Have you understood this?

       Have you understood all this? After explaining to His disciples the parables of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus asked them; Have you understood all this? Matthew 13:51  and they answered – Yes.

It was a simple sounding question, but actually He was asking the most profound question of the ages.. Jesus was asking if they knew that, in Gods eyes there are two and only two – classes of people in the world. Those that accept God and His Laws –

wheat, buried treasure, pearls and good fish – and the children of the evil one, tares, weeds and worthless fish.

Matthew 13:37 He replied; The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man.   The field is the world, the good seed stands for the children of the Kingdom and the weeds, the children of the evil one.  The enemy who sowed the weeds is the devil The harvest is the end of time and the reapers are angels.

Matthew 13:40-42 As the weeds are gathered up and burnt at the end of the age, the Son of Man will rid His Kingdom of every cause of sin and all whose deeds are evil. These will be thrown into the blazing furnace, where there will be much wailing and sorrow.

Matthew 13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father If you have ears, then hear.

Just a speculation – but the Lord gave four parables about who will and who will not inherit the Kingdom;

1/ The wheat and the weeds – Messianic Jews and apostate Jews.

2/ The buried treasure – The Christians who are also the House of Israel.

3/ A pearl of great value – A person who dedicates their life to the Lord.

4/ The good and worthless fish – Gentile peoples, believers and unbelievers.

Luke 6:20 Blessed are you who are in need; the Kingdom of God is yours.

There are two kinds of people – those who say to God “thy will be done” and those to whom God says “all right, then, have it your way”           C.S. Lewis –

Reference, Revised English Bible.                                             Bruce McKerras   Nov 2010