Heaven Between the Lines

Heaven Between the Lines


SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-48, 51-52

Parable of the mustard seed: 31 [Jesus] told another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in [a] field. 32 It’s the smallest of all seeds. But when it’s grown, it’s the largest of all vegetable plants. It becomes a tree so that the birds in the sky come and nest in its branches.” 

Parable of the yeast: 33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a [baker] took and hid in a bushel of wheat flour until the yeast had worked its way through all the dough.” 

Parable of the treasure: 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field. 

Parable of the merchant: 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When [they] found one very precious pearl, [they] went and sold all that [they] owned and bought it. 

Parable of the net: 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that people threw into the lake and gathered all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, they pulled it to the shore, where they sat down and put the good fish together into containers. But the bad fish they threw away. 

Treasures: 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. They said to him, “Yes.” 52 Then he said to them, “Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest.”

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