Matthew 13: Parables of the Kingdom24


(58 verses, 8:10 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • Matthew collects seven parables of Jesus about “the kingdom of heaven,” that it, the church.


  • Here is the outline, which is particularly helpful for this chapter.
  • Public Teaching
    • 1-9, The Parable of the Sower
      • 10-17, The purpose of the parables, including the Isaiah 6(:9-10) prophecy of non-understanding.
      • 18-23, The Parable of the Sower explained
    • 24-30, The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds
    • 31-32, The Parable of the Mustard Seed
    • 33, The Parable of the Woman baking with Leaven
      • 34-35, Conclusion to Jesus public parables
  • Private Teaching
    • 36-43, The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds explained
    • 44, The Parable of the hidden Treasure
    • 45-46, The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
    • 47-50, The Parable of the Net
    • 51-52, The description of the Scribes of the Kingdom with their new and old treasure
    • 53-58, Jesus rejected at Nazareth


  • First, we remember that when Jesus is teaching about the kingdom of heaven, He is talking about the church, either on earth, at the last day, or in heaven.
  • Second, on of the themes that runs through all of these parables is division. There is a distinction between the believer and unbeliever, but often that division is not shown until the last day.
  • Third, it is clear in all of the parables that the Lord’s Word is what does the work. Salvation is by grace through faith, and not through our own works.


  • The pictures of the parables are crafted by Jesus for our meditation. We roll the images over in our minds and consider the good teaching of our Lord. In fact, as we meditate on the Scriptures our hearts are fashioned into the good soil which brings forth the fruit of life and salvation.

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Lord’s Blessings,

Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller

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