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Matthew Chapter 13, Mystery Parables of Jesus

Our Lord gives several parables in this chapter, but He interprets only two of them: the parable of the sower and the parable of the wheat and tares. His interpretation is a guide to the symbols in the other parables. For instance, in this parable of the sower, the birds represent Satan. So when He uses the symbol of birds in another parable, be sure that they do not represent something good. We need to be consistent and follow our Lord’s interpretation. The parable of the sower is the first of the Mystery Parables and may be considered as the foundation for all of them.

Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. [KJV] “House” symbolizes Israel. Because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, He would turn to the Gentiles (Is.9:2; 49:6; Eph.3:6). Jews rejection (Is.53:3; John 1:11).“Sea” is a symbol of Gentiles, many people (Isa.8:7; 17:12-13; Jer.47:2: Rev.13:1).

The Parable of the SOWER

Matthew 13:3-9 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; [4] And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: [5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. [7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: [8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. [KJV]

Jesus explains it in the following verses.

Matthew 13:18-23 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; [21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. [22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. [23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. [KJV]

Wayside” is hard packed ground along the side of the road, representing hard hearts, no understanding and not wanting any. The “fowls” (birds) is the devil and his workers, grabbing the Word away. “Stony places” is rocky ground with little earth, no depth. These people receive the Word at first very warmly and emotionally. But as soon as any persecution or troubles come their way, they back away from Jesus. “Thorns” represent the world: riches and material things that choke out the Word. “Good ground” are those who hear the Word, receive it and understand it, going on to bear fruit.

The birds represent the Devil. He takes away the seed sown by the wayside. The WAYSIDE soil seemingly represents church members, those who PROFESS to be Christians. They heard the Word of God, but it was not the hearing of faith. Belonging to a church is like belonging to a lodge or a club. These people are in deep freeze, and some of them have fallen away from the church and have joined cults where they preach “another Jesus and another gospel” (2 Cor.11:4) . . . SO widespread today. All church members should examine their heart (1 Cor.11:31). My friend, do NOT apply this to someone else, you must ask yourself: "Does this apply to me?"

These ROCKY GROUND hearers are the opposite of the first group. It was the Devil who took the Word away from the wayside hearers, but the flesh is the culprit with this group. Instead of being in deep freeze, they are in the oven . . . warm, emotional, shedding tears, greatly moved. They make a big fuss during a service, like a rocket on a launching pad, but they never do get into orbit. At first they have great enthusiasm and energy, but soon they are like burned out Roman candles.

The third group of hearers is like THORNY GROUND. These are people that go after what the world offers, and it crowds out the Word of God. The Devil gets the wayside hearers, and the flesh got the rocky-ground hearers, but the world chokes out the Word for thorny ground hearers. The cares of the world move in on them. Could be poverty and troubles in life or the deceitfulness of riches. Those in extreme poverty or extreme prosperity . . . are the people who are the most difficult to reach for Christ. Many people let the cares of the world crowd out the Word of God. These three types of soil do NOT represent three types of believers . . . because none of them are believers at all! Yes! They have heard the Word . . . BUT they have only claimed to receive it. It is well for all of us to examine ourselves to see whether or not we are really in the faith (1 Cor.11:31).

Praise be to God, some seed falls on GOOD GROUND. These are the hearers who receive the Word and understand it . . . and ACT on it! Some of them don’t bring forth much fruit . . . only thirtyfold, but some bring forth an hundredfold!

There must be an understanding of the Word. The Ethiopian eunuch was reading the Word (Acts 8:32), but he didn’t understand it . . . but he WANTED to understand it. So the Spirit of God put Philip there! Phillip explained the Word to him . . . that the One who was led as a sheep to the slaughter was the Lord Jesus Christ, that He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (Isa.53:7). The Ethiopian believed and received Him.

The Sower, the Lord Jesus Christ, is sowing the seed of the Word of God in the world . . . and the Holy Spirit applies it to the hearts of those who WANT to believe.

The Parable of the TARES

Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: [25] But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. [26] But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. [27] So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? [28] He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? [29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. [KJV]

Jesus also explains this in the following verses.

Matthew 13:37-43 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; [38] The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; [39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. [40] As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. [41] The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; [42] And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [43] Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. [KJV]

The “man” or sower is Jesus. The “field” is the world. The “good seed” is God’s children. The “tares” are children of the devil. The “enemy” is the devil (Satan). The “harvest” is the end of the world. The “reapers” are the angels of God. Jesus doesn’t say so here, but the “barn” is Heaven.

Tares” are false professors, false teachers, unbelievers, cults. They are close enough to Christianity that they fool (if it were possible, even the elect Mat.24:24). “Tares” do NOT accept the TRUE Gospel of Christ, but instead bring the gospel of Satan (2 Cor.11:4); posing as true Christians, but are hypocrites . . . and these people truly BELIEVE they are right. Satan has truly blinded their minds (2 Cor. 4:4).

For false teachers, see: . . . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_1_false_teachers.1.htm

For cults, see: . . . . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults.1.htm

In this parable our Lord picks up where He left off in the parable of the sower. He has told us that only one-fourth of the sown seed ever got into good ground. The other three-fourths never did produce anything because the folk who heard the Word did not respond to it. They simply were NOT saved. Of the people who heard the Word of God, it seems that only one-fourth were truly saved. With each passing day, it seems to me that the percentage is MUCH lower than that. One pastor said if one out of ten respond to his invitation to receive Christ is genuine, he feels that is good. Other Christian workers tell me the same story. I read where a prominent evangelist said that only three percent of their inquirers can be considered genuine converts.

WHO is asleep? Men slept, and the enemy came. Remember, the sower is the Lord, and He neither slumbers nor sleeps. Satan is the enemy, and he sows tares among the wheat. The tares are false doctrine. The devil is very busy sowing today. We are NOT to try to pull up the tares lest we pull up some good wheat. Both wheat and tares grow together, and when they finally come up, you will be able to recognize which are tares and which are wheat.

The world is also getting worse. There are a lot of tares growing . . . everywhere!!! Sowing the Word of God is my job. My friend, it is also YOUR job if you are a TRUE child of God.

Both tares and wheat are growing in this world. We are in a kingdom-of-heaven situation in Christendom. We are in an interval between Christ’s rejection and His return to establish His true Kingdom upon the Earth. What we have is NOT a picture of Christ’s church. His TRUE church is made up of TRUE believers. TRUE believers are those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and have trusted Christ as Saviour, who are resting in Him, and who love Him and His Word. Do you qualify? Just because the wheat and tares are growing together today, they will NOT always be together! One day our Lord will send His angels and they shall separate the tares and wheat. I am SO grateful that will not be my job!

The Parable of the MUSTARD SEED

Matthew 13:31-32 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: [32] Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. [KJV]

The “man” is still Jesus. He started true Christendom while He was on the Earth. Christianity grew, and Satan stepped in with his heresies. With his deceit and brilliance, people believed his falsehoods, and the “tree” rooted itself deeper and deeper into the world. This “herb” grows into an unnaturally large TREE! This is NOT TRUE Christianity, but FALSE CHRISTENDOM, professing the Name of Christ, but having neither Christ or the Holy Spirit. The “birds” are the devil and his children, the same as in Mat.13:4. They find refuge in the church originally started by our Lord (Rev.18:2).

The mustard tree is NOT a symbol of the church or of individual Christians. It is fruit-bearing trees which are used to picture believers. Mustard is a condiment and has no food value.

This parable reveals the outward growth of Christendom as the parable of the leaven speaks of the internal condition of Christendom. The church has not converted the world, but it has had a tremendous influence on the world. Any place that Christianity has gone can be called Christendom.

This parable reveals the outward growth of the organized church. The church and the world have become horribly mingled and it continues to worsen! There is a very close friendship between the man in the church and the man in the world today. They live and act very much alike in our day. The Christian should be salt in the world, NOT mustard!

The Parable of the LEAVEN

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. [KJV]

Leaven” is used 24 times in the Bible, and it never refers to anything good.

What I consider to be the INCORRECT interpretation of this parable: The “woman” is the true church. “Leaven” is the true Gospel of Christ. “Meal” is the unbelieving world. IF this were true, this teaches that as the result of the “leaven” (Gospel of Christ) the whole world would eventually be won over to Christ. Look around you! Is this happening? Absolutely NOT! See Luke 18:8.

What I consider to be the CORRECT interpretation of this parable: “Leaven” is evil (Ex.12:15,19; 13:7; 34:25; Lev.2:11; 6:17; 10:12; Am.4:5; Mat.16:6,11,12; Mk.8:15; Luke 12:1; 13:21; 1 Cor. 5:6-8; Gal.5:9). NO Jew of that day or today, would even consider leaven as representing anything good. LEAVEN IS EVIL! It represents false doctrine and corruption. “Meal” is the Truth of Jesus, His Work and His Word. Meal is always a symbol of good. “Woman” is the “mother of harlots,” the false church in Revelation 17.

So, the doctrine of Satan “leaven” is introduced into the “good meal,” the TRUE doctrine of Christ, and it will eventually permeate the whole world. Look around you. ONLY THE HEAT OF FIRE WILL STOP THE LEAVEN! Only when the devil is cast into Hell will his false doctrine cease! (Rev.20:10). This parable teaches that the invasion of deadly doctrine into the church will finally lead to total apostasy.

The Parable of the HIDDEN TREASURE

Matthew 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. [KJV]

This is what I consider to be the INCORRECT interpretation of this parable: The “man” is the unsaved sinner. The “treasure” is salvation. We are NOT asked to give up all we own to achieve salvation (treasure). We have nothing to give or to bring; NO way of earning salvation. Self-sacrifice, self-denial, or right living CANNOT give you eternal life! We are NOT capable of buying the “field” (the world Mat.13:38). Eternal life (salvation) is a GIFT from God! Eternal life in Heaven is FREE!

What I consider to be the CORRECT interpretation of this parable: The “treasure” is Israel (Ex.19:5; Ps.135:4). As of now, she is “hid in the field.” God has scattered her from one corner of the Earth to the other (Is.11:12; Jer.23:3). The “man” has NOT changed! The “Man” is still Jesus! Jesus gave all He had (His life) to buy the field. The implication here is that the “treasure” is still hidden. And she is!

Israel is buried throughout the world. There are many Jews are in New York City. Jewish people are scattered throughout the world. But God is NOT through with Israel.

Romans 11:1-2 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. [2] God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, (KJV)

Paul knew that the Lord was not through with Israel.

Zechariah wrote that a new day would come for Israel.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (KJV)

The prophet Jeremiah often speaks of the re gathering of the people of Israel and of God bringing them to their own land. That time is still future. When God re gathers them, it will be by miracles so great that they will forget their miraculous deliverance from Egypt which has been celebrated longer than any other religious holiday. God is NOT through with Israel, and this parable makes that fact very clear. Israel is the treasure hid in a field, and Christ is the One who “for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” In fact, He gave Himself to redeem the nation. Our Lord purchased them with His Blood, just as He bought your salvation and mine. Zechariah writes of the cleansing which will take place at the time of Christ’s return to this earth: “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1). ISRAEL is the treasure!

The Parable of the GOODLY PEARL

Matthew 13:45-46 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. [KJV]

We have a “merchant man.” He is NOT the unsaved sinner, for the same reason as above. We are NOT required to “sell” anything for salvation. The “Man” is still Jesus! The “pearl of great price” is the TRUE church, the body of Christ.

The popular interpretation of this parable, which I consider INCORRECT, says that the sinner is the merchantman and the pearl of great price is Christ. The sinner sells all that he has that he might buy Christ. I CANNOT agree with this interpretation. WHO is looking for goodly pearls? Are sinners looking for salvation? My Bible does not say that.

The merchantman CANNOT be the sinner because he has nothing with which to pay. He is not seeking Christ, and if he were, HOW could he ever buy Him?

The merchantman sells all that he has . . . HOW can a sinner sell all that he has when he is dead in trespasses and sins? (Eph. 2:1). The Bible very clear that Christ and salvation are NOT for sale. Salvation is a gift!For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God so loved that He GAVE.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) GIFT!

What I consider the CORRECT interpretation of this parable reveals Christ as the merchantman. He is still the "man" here as He was in the parable of the Sower and all the other parables in this chapter. He left His heavenly home and came to this Earth to find a pearl of great price. He found lost sinners and died for them by shedding His precious Blood. He sold all that He had (His life) to buy us and redeem us to God. Paul told this to the Corinthians: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). He redeemed us! He bought us! He paid a debt He did not owe because we had a debt we could not pay!

Consider the pearl. The pearl represents the church. A pearl is NOT a stone like the diamond. It is formed by a living oyster. A grain of sand or other foreign matter imposes itself into its shell. It hurts and harms it. The response of the oyster is to send out a secretion that coats the foreign matter. That fluid builds up until a pearl is formed. A pearl is NOT like other gems. It cannot be cut to enhance its beauty. If you cut it, you ruin it.
The pearl was not considered very valuable by the Israelites. Several verses of Scripture give us this impression. In Job 28:18 pearls are classed with coral. Although the pearl was not considered valuable among the Hebrews, it was very valuable to the Gentiles. When Christ used the figure of “goodly pearls,” I imagine His disciples wondered why. Oriental people gave to the pearl a symbolic meaning of innocence and purity, fit only for kings and potentates.

Now, look again at the parable. Christ came to this Earth as the merchantman. He saw man in sin, and He took man’s sin and bore it in His own body. Our sin was an invasion upon Him . . . it was that foreign matter. He was made sin for us who knew no sin (2 Cor.5:21). Christ “… was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities …” (Isaiah 53:5).

Christ’s response to sinners is amazing! He puts around us His own righteousness (1 Cor.1:30). He covers us with His own white robe of righteousness. Christ sees us, not as we are now but as we shall be someday, presented to Him as “… a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27). Christ sold all that He had (He gave His life) in order that He might gain the church. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

In the Book of the Revelation, we see a description of New Jerusalem (Heaven), the future home of the church. WHAT is outside of the city? The gates are made of pearls! (Rev.21:21). Do you think that was a mistake in God’s planning. Do you think that was an accident? NO way! It is planned that way by Christ’s design. He is the merchantman “Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

The Parable of THE NET

Matthew 13:47-50 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. (KJV)

This is speaking of the end of the world . . . the judgment! The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the godly, throwing the wicked into the fire. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The “Kingdom of Heaven” represents life on Earth. As in all kingdoms, there is good and bad. As long as we are on Earth, we will continue to have bad because the devil is still working hard. Let us pray that the Lord come soon.

Our Lord makes it quite clear in this section what a terrible thing it is to be lost. On the matter of eternity . . . do you know whether there is a Heaven or a Hell? The Bible clearly states that BOTH are actual PLACES! Some people believe there is a Heaven, but do not believe there is a Hell. They are only half right! Both places DO exist! Our Lord made it very clear that HELL is going to be very bad.

It is considered by many to be a “square” if you believe in Hell. Sophisticated and highly educated people deny the existence of Hell. People say: “How do I know there is a Hell? Prove it.” I KNOW what is in God’s Book, and it has been accurate in EVERYTHING it has ever predicted. So, I KNOW that what it says about Hell is TRUE! I think that Jesus taught more on Hell than He did any other subject. WHY??? Because He does NOT want anyone to go there!

If you were told that a tornado was going to hit your town, what would you do? I know what I would do! I would heed the warning and go to a safe place. What about the person who rejects Christ’s warning about Hell? Many say: “I’ll chance it.” One day it will be too late to decide maybe Jesus was right.

Our Lord Jesus Himself makes Hell a FACT in this parable when He says, “the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.Hell does exist!

The Parable of the HOUSEHOLDER

Some people call this verse a parable, others do not. But, the content of this single verse has an important message for us all.

Matthew 13:52 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. (KJV)

This is a very important, especially for those of us who teach and preach the Word of God. We are to bring forth BOTH the old and new. A faithful minister of the Gospel, is a scribe, well versed in the things of the Gospel, and able to teach. Christ compares him to a good householder, who brings forth fruits of last year’s growth and this year’s gathering. Our place is at Christ’s Feet, and we must learn daily old lessons over again, but, new ones too.

Anyone who understands God’s real purpose in the law as revealed in the Old Testament has a real treasure. The Old Testament points the way to Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus always upheld its authority and relevance. But there is a double benefit to those who also understand Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven. This was a new treasure that Jesus was revealing (a mystery in the Old Testament). BOTH the old and new teaching give practical guidelines for faith and for living in the world. The religious leaders were trapped in the old and blind to the new.

The Truth, new and old, which you have gained, must not be laid up and hid, but brought forth to benefit others. This is especially a warning for pastors and teachers.

Passages mentioned above.

Exodus 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. (KJV)

Exodus 12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. (KJV)

Exodus 13:7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. (KJV)

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: (KJV)

Exodus 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. (KJV)

Leviticus 2:11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. (KJV)

Leviticus 6:17 It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering. (KJV)

Leviticus 10:12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: (KJV)

Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. (KJV)

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. (KJV)

Isaiah 8:7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: (KJV)

Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (KJV)

Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (KJV)

Isaiah 17:12-13 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! [13] The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. (KJV)

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. (KJV)

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (KJV)

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (KJV)

Jer. 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. (KJV)

Jer.47:2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl. (KJV)

Amos 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)

Zech. 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. (KJV)

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (KJV)

Matthew 16:11-12 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? [12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (KJV)

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (KJV)

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. (KJV)

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (KJV)

Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (KJV)

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (KJV)

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: (KJV)

1 Cor. 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? [7] Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: [8] Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (KJV)

1 Cor.11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (KJV)

2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)

2 Cor.8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (KJV)

2 Cor.11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (KJV)

Gal. 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (KJV)

Eph. 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (KJV)

Eph.3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (KJV)

Rev.13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (KJV)

Rev.18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (KJV)

Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)

Rev. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. (KJV)

Difficult or Confusing Bible Verses

1 Cor.3:13-15, What Motivates Us?

1 Cor.chapter 5, Should the Church Judge?

1 John 3:9, God's Child Cannot Sin . . . ???

1 John 5:4-5, Overcoming By Faith

1 John 5:16 . . . A Sin Unto Death???

1 John 5:18-20, Those Born of God Sinneth Not

1 Thes.5:23, Man's Trinity

2 Cor.2:14-17, Savour of Death, Savour of Life?

2 Thes.2:10-12, Those Left Behind

Col.3:12-17, How Believers Are To Live

Daniel 7:13-14, Christ in His Glory

Daniel 9:24-27, Daniel's 70 Weeks

Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, NO Soul Sleep

Genesis 3:15, Seed of the Woman

Genesis 6:1-2, Sons of God

Hebrews 6:4-9, Can a TRUE Christian Fall from Grace?

Hebrews 10:26, Do NOT Reject Christ!

Isaiah 53:4-5, By His Stripes We Are Healed!

John 6:47-58, Eating the Flesh and Blood of Jesus

John 15:1-6, Unfruitful Branches Burned?

Mark 3:28-29, The Unpardonable Sin?

Matthew Chapter 13, Mystery Parables of Jesus

Matthew 16:19, Keys to Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 5:48, Being Perfect?

Matthew 7:21-23, Not Every One Goes to Heaven

Matthew 7:6, Cast Not Your Pearls before Swine!

* * * * Matthew 22:36-40, Believers' TWO Commandments * * * *

Matthew 23:13-30, Woes of Hypocrites

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