“ARE THERE 12 OR 13
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN PARABLES?”
“… 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.” (Matt 13:52)
With stacks of parables in the Bible, tradition accepts only twelve kingdom parables. But has another lain hidden … escaping detection?” If so, could it be The Householder listed between the Numbers 7 and 8?
#1. “THE SOWER” (Matt 13:1-23) #2. “THE WHEAT AND THE TARES” (Matt 13:24-30; Matt 13:36-43).
#3. “THE MUSTARD SEED” (Matt 13:31-32). #4. “THE LEAVEN” (Matt 13:33) #5. “THE HID TREASURE” (Matt 13:44)
#6. “THE PEARL” (Matt 13:45-46) #7. “THE DRAG NET” (Matt 13:47-50)
THE HOUSEHOLDER (Matt 13:52)
#8 “THE UNMERCIFUL SERVANT” (Matt 18:23-35)
#9 “THE VINEYARD LABOURERS” (Matt 20:1-16) #10 “THE MARRIAGE FEAST” (Matt 22:1-14)
#11 “THE TEN VIRGINS” Matt 25:1-13) #12 “THE TALENTS” (Matt 25:14-30) … COULD THIS MAKE 13?
WHAT ABOUT THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1. The householder is Christ himself, who not only is the perfect instructed one in the kingdom of heaven parables, but is the instructor himself, as evidenced by his giving the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) which is the kingdom of heaven manifesto with its rules and regulations contained therein.
2. The householder, Christ, is himself, the treasure of the Old Testament, and is also the treasure of the New Testament.
3. In the Old Testament Christ is ‘hidden’, and in the New Testament Christ is revealed. How often have you have heard the saying “The Old is in the New revealed and the New is in the Old concealed.”
4. Christ is the one who bringeth forth his treasures old and new eg the ark in the OT is a type/foreshadow of Christ. The whole of the Bible is about Christ – hidden in the Old and revealed in the New.
5. The description of the Sermon on the Mount, and the 13 kingdom of heaven parables, is one of pure works. How appropriate that this ‘hidden’ eighth parable of the kingdom, is also one of works – with Christ doing all the work as the householder, who bringeth (constantly and continuously from the beginning at Genesis 1 to Revelation 22) forth new and old treasures of himself.
6. There must be more than twelve kingdom parables with the reasons being as follows:
a. Judas was the 12th apostle replaced by Matthias as the 13th, with God seeing fit to have 13 apostles representing the 13 kingdom of heaven parables
b. Paul is the 14th apostle born out of due time and he represents the kingdom of God, entry into which is not of human works (Eph 2:8-9). The works to enter are of Christ.
c. Paul, being the 14th apostle, has the numerics of 14 = 2 x 7 with 2 being the number of the 2nd person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ, and 7 being the perfect number of God himself.
d. The 8th kingdom of heaven parable also represents Jesus Christ who rises on the 8th day as the Saviour of the world, with the number 8 = 2 x 4 with #2 being the 2nd person of the Godhead, Christ, and 4 representing Jesus Christ from the 4th tribe of Juda (Heb 7:14).
e. While the 8th kingdom parable represents Christ, it also has the double meaning of being part of the 13 kingdom of heaven parables which are of works. His works are now freely available as non-works to all.
f. This 8th kingdom parable is to be found in Matthew 13:52. The numerics of the #13 have been explained, but the #52 = 4 x 13 with once again 4 representing Christ from the 4th tribe of Juda and #13 as explained above, and this is the combination of kingdom of heaven works with the kingdom of God of no works, that is, all works (13) plus no works (4) equals the number 52.
g. For God to be true to himself, he gave 13 parables of kingdom works, but not 14 which represents Paul’s ‘no works’ of entry into the kingdom of God. How could he do otherwise?
h. The above combines the multifaceted proofs of the dispensations, the numerics of the spiritual; the Old and New Testaments, along with the two kingdoms of heaven and of God; the 13 apostles of the kingdom of human works, and the 14th Paul, representing ‘not of works’ (Eph 2:9).
“THE MIRACLES AND PARABLES
OF JESUS CHRIST”
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