The Good News – The Reign of Elohim Parables

And He said, “The reign of Elohim is as when a man scatters seed on the ground, then sleeps by night and rises by day, while the seed sprouts and grows, he himself does not know how. “For the soil yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the completed grain in the head. “And when the crop is ready, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
   Another parable He put before them, saying, “The reign of the shamayim has become like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat and went away.”
   “And when the blade sprouted and bore fruit, then the darnel also appeared.  And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then does it have the darnel?’
   “And he said to them, ‘A man, an enemy did this.’
   And the servants said to him, ‘Do you wish then, that we go and gather them up?’
   “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also uproot the wheat with them. ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I shall say to the reapers, “First gather the darnel and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary.” ‘ “
   Then, having sent the crowds away, Yahushua went into the house. And His taught ones came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field.”
   And He answering, said to them, “He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Adam, and the field is the world. And the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, but the darnel are the sons of the wicked one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. And the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the messengers.”
   “As the darnel, then, is gathered and burned in the fire, so it shall be at the end of this age. The Son of Adam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
   “Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father.”
   “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
   Another parable He put before them, saying, “The reign of the shamayim is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is less than all the seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than the plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”
   Another parable He spoke to them, “The reign of the shamayim is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until all was leavened.”
   “Again, the reign of the shamayim is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man having found it, hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
   “Again, the reign of the shamayim is like a man, a merchant, seeking fine pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
   “Again, the reign of the shamayim is like a dragnet that was thrown into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was filled, they drew to shore. And they sat down and gathered the good into containers, but threw the rotten away.”
   “Thus shall it be at the end of the age: the messengers shall come forth, and separate the wicked out of the midst of the righteous, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
   Yahushua said to them, “Have you understood all this?”
   They said to Him, “Yea, Master.”
   And He said to them, “Therefore every scholar of Scripture taught in the reign of the shamayim is like a householder who brings out of his treasure matters, renewed, and old.”
   And with many such parables He was speaking to them the word as they were able to hear, and He was not speaking to them without parables. So that what was spoken by the prophet might be filled, saying, “I open my mouth in a parable; I utter riddles of old,” (Tehellim (Psalms) 78:2)
   And when they were alone, He explained all to His taught ones.
   And it came to be, when Yahushua had ended these parables, that He left there.

Exposition

  This portion of the Chronological Order of the Good News is found in Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:24-53. It is the only book of the Scriptures to contain these parables. The portion begins with the parable of the wheat and the Tares/Darnell. I have covered this in another Scripture Study, please see the study Mattityahu 13 – Darnels and Wheat – Which are you? for more in depth information.
  Parable of the Mustard sSeed:
 “The reign of the shamayim is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is less than all the seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than the plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”
– Like the mustard seed, which is among the smallest of all seeds in the plant kingdom, our faith begins small and yet grows to amazing heights when nurtured, fertilized, and protected from harm. We must not get overwhelmed by the greater picture, but intensify our focus on the path of righteousness that is laid before our feet. The combination of all of the small steps, improvements and faith additions will equal to a greater picture than you may currently be able to see!
  Parable of Hidden Leaven:
 “The reign of the shamayim is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until all was leavened.”
– This particular parable goes against other scriptural examples of leaven in the sense of this leavening being a positive thing. Like the usual meanings, leavening when applied in even a small measure, leavens the entirety of the flour it is incorporated in – the esteem and beauty of the reign of heaven will change the whole of the Earth. Usually the connotation of leavening is the works of sin as in Mattityahu (Matthew) 16:6,11, Marços(Mark) 8:15, Luços (Luke) 12:1, Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 5:6-8, and Galatiyim (Galatians) 5:9 –
Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 5:6-8:
(6) Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump? 
(7) Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Messiah, our Pesach, has been sacrificed in our place.
(8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the matzah of sincerity and truth. 
Galityim (Galatians) 5:7-10:
(7) You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth?
(8) This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
(9) A little yeast leavens through the whole lump.
(10) I have confidence toward you in the Master that you will think no other way. But he who troubles you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
  Parable of Hidden Treasure and Pearls
“Again, the reign of the shamayim is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man having found it, hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” 
 “Again, the reign of the shamayim is like a man, a merchant, seeking fine pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
What would you give for preserving the new life you find in Yahushua the Messiah through the Father? It is the hidden treasure and discovered pearls- life through faith in the Messiah. We should be willing to give all of our “stuff” to follow him and receive “true” life through his sacrifice.
  Parable of the Dragnet
 “Again, the reign of the shamayim is like a dragnet that was thrown into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was filled, they drew to shore. And they sat down and gathered the good into containers, but threw the rotten away.”
   “Thus shall it be at the end of the age: the messengers shall come forth, and separate the wicked out of the midst of the righteous, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Right now, as we speak, the Father is casting His dragnet, gathering together the remnant of His People. Much like the wheat and the tares, there are people among His remnant pretending to be His people, and yet, they will be separated in the end and cast into the fire for the Father knows His people like a shepherd knows his sheep.

Conclusion

 Our Messiah spoke in parables to reach His people “where they were,” not to confuse them for the true followers of Messiah will hear His word, understand His word, and live His word. Strive daily to be His treasured possession, a fine pearl of great worth, golden wheat, and a valuable catch in His net, and you will receive the gift of everlasting life. May Yahweh bless the works of your hands and give you the wisdom to understand and live out His words. Shalom Aleichem!