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What Is God's Kingdom Like?
18Then Jesus said, "What is God's kingdom like? What can I compare it with? 19God's
kingdom is like the seed of the mustard plant.* A person plants this seed in his
garden. The seed grows and becomes a tree. The birds build nests on its branches."
20Jesus said again, "What can I compare God's kingdom with? 21It is like yeast*
that a woman mixes into a big bowl of flour to make bread. The yeast makes all the
dough (bread) rise."
The Narrow Door
22Jesus was teaching in every town and village. He continued to travel toward Jerusalem.
23Someone said to Jesus, "Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?" Jesus
said, 24"Try hard to enter through the narrow door [that opens the way to heaven]!
Many people will try to enter there, but they will not be able to enter. 25If a
man locks the door of his house, then you can stand outside and knock on the door,
but he won't open it. You can say, 'Sir, open the door for us!' But the man will
answer, 'I don't know you! Where did you come from?' 26Then you will say, 'We ate
and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.' 27Then he will say to
you, 'I don't know you! Where did you come from? Go away from me! You are all people
that do wrong!' 28You will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,* and all the prophets* in
God's kingdom. But you will be left outside. Then you will scream with fear and
anger. 29People will come from the east, west, north, and south. They will sit down
at the table in the kingdom of God. 30People that have the lowest place in life
now will have the highest place in God's kingdom. And people that have the highest
place now will have the lowest place in God's kingdom."
Jesus Will Die in Jerusalem
31At that time some Pharisees* came to Jesus and said, "Go away from here and hide!
Herod* wants to kill you!" 32Jesus said to them, "Go tell that fox* (Herod), 'Today
and tomorrow I am forcing demons* out of people and finishing my work of healing.
Then, the next day, the work will be finished.' 33After that, I must go, because
all prophets* should die in Jerusalem. 34"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the
prophets.* You kill with rocks those men that God has sent you. Many, many times
I wanted to help your people. I wanted to gather your people together like a hen
gathers her chicks under her wings. But you did not let me. 35Now your home will
be left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me again until that time
when you will say, 'Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord
Footnotes: mustard plant A plant that grows taller than a man, but has a very, very
small seed. yeast Used here as a symbol of good influence. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Three of the most important Jewish leaders during the time of the Old Testament.
prophets People that spoke for God. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious
group that claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs. Herod Herod
Antipas, Tetrarch (ruler) of Galilee and Perea, son of Herod the Great. fox Jesus
means Herod is clever and sly like a fox. demon(s) Demons are evil spirits from
the devil. 'Welcome! ... Lord' Quote from Ps. 118:26.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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