What makes your eyes fill with tears, without feeling sad? You’ve probably guessed it – an onion.
Like an onion, the Word of God has many layers. Christ told many parables. His parables are the top layer, with many layers of meaning underneath.
Some of his parables were about the land owner, sabbaths, festivals and harvests. The first parable Jesus told in Mark chapter 4 was the Parable of the Sower. To the disciples and those with the twelve it was given them to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God.
“When He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables …” Mark 4:10
I’d like to share some of the layers I’ve peeled back over the 25 years of reading the Bible, and show you patterns I’ve discovered in the word. I’d love to hear your insights as well.
This thought provoking book by Brandon Andress, the author of Unearthed, is a worthwhile read for Christians who are serious about the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said “the good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14. So what exactly IS the Good News of the kingdom?
If we do not have any idea what the kingdom is… then how will we ever preach it to the world?
These are the important questions that this book asks as it builds upon the words and parables of Jesus.
We are shown how the Good News is MORE than just the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
The book tackles the greater end time issues: who are we becoming right now and who will we be if and when things become increasing chaotic and out of control? It asks not how we will escape the conflict of this world, but rather: how God will work through each of us in the middle of the conflict for His glory and His Kingdom purposes?
I was engaged all the way through the book and it made me think. It is a worthwhile read. If you want fresh insights into the Kingdom of God I recommend it.