Ends . . . – . . . Beginnings

I feel at night, when I look at the stars, if I could only stand higher, I could reach out and grab a star.  I sometimes feel betrayed, I remember the news, the stars are so far away, I could not even reach them at the speed of light.  I also feel betrayed because I remember then, these are only the visible stars, they span out forever, way beyond what we can see. Evolution_by_alyn2

It makes me wonder what is out there and then I recall, the is a forever.  It boggles my mind, we cannot see the end and even if we do, we’ll wonder what is on the other side.  Not having an end is against what I know, because all I know is destined to end.TheEndWorld

I first remember the day ended, the night began, there were meal times, bed times, sleep times, school years, races,  pain ends, pleasure ends, and most dramatically, life ends.  It seems as though we are enthralled with things that end.  There seems to be 100’s of movies predicting the end of earth, the restart of the human race, the destruction of the world.  We are so enthralled with it, we have the ration of the diameter of a circle to how many times it goes around the circumference approximately  3.14 times but we have divided it out to over a trillion times to try and find the end.  piposter

What’s wild is we are so fascinated with ends, yet this has two sides.  It is hard to imagine something with no end,  yet we’ve been given hints of the end yet do not seem to be able to recognize them.

The Demand for a Sign

Matthew 16:1–4 (NIV)   16:1–12pp—Mk 8:11–21

16 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

I wonder how many people look at the complexity of a personal computer, smartphone, automobile, and believe it created itself out of randomness?  imacpartsI wonder if people look at the cycle of life as something that just happened, got lucky and stuck. cycleoflife Like a rough rock, a piece of granite, turning into a wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe if you believe this world, this universe just happened by chance, then you can also believe it was created by a creator, I know as God.maxresdefault

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The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

 

I wonder of Dr. Erhman will consider this parable moot
because one of them does not talk about the yeast.  I do wish, maybe they do,
have a Bible that has similar stories like these next to each other.  Or,
maybe even intertwine them into one.  One loses the essence of how the Bible
was written, but it would be a great way to read the Bible.  I guess with our
computers, we can make our own.

Matthew 13:31–35 (NIV)

The Parables of the Mustard
Seed and the Yeast

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man
took and planted in his field.
32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows,
it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come
and perch in its branches.”

33 He told them still another parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman
took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through
the dough.”

34 Jesus spoke all these things to the
crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So
was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since
the creation of the world.” 

Mark 4:30–34 (NIV)

The Parable of the Mustard
Seed

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what
parable shall we use to describe it?
31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all
seeds on earth.
32 Yet when
planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big
branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus
spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He
did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone
with his own disciples, he explained everything.

Luke 13:18–21 (NIV)

The Parables of the Mustard
Seed and the Yeast

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it
to?
19 It is like a mustard
seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree,
and the birds perched in its branches.”

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about
sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

 

 

The Day and Hour Unknown – Watchfulness

 

Matthew 24:36–51 (NIV)

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or
hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the
Father.
37 As it was in the days of
Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38 For in the days before
the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen
until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the
coming of the Son of Man.
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken
and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and
the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch,
because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
43 But understand this: If
the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming,
he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44 So you also must be
ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect
him.

45 “Who then is the faithful
and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his
household to give them their food at the proper time?
46 It will be good for that
servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
47 Truly I tell you, he will
put him in charge of all his possessions.
48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to
himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’
49 and he then begins to
beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.
50 The master of that
servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is
not aware of.
51 He will cut him to pieces
and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.

Luke 12:35–48 (NIV)

Watchfulness

35 “Be dressed ready for
service and keep your lamps burning,
36 like servants waiting for their master to return
from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately
open the door for him.
37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them
watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve,
will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
38 It will be good for those
servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the
night or toward daybreak.
39 But understand this: If the owner of the house
had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house
be broken into.
40 You also must be ready,
because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling
this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master
puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the
proper time?
43 It will be
good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his
possessions.
45 But suppose
the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and
he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and
drink and get drunk.
46 The
master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at
an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place
with the unbelievers.

47 “The servant who knows
the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants
will be beaten with many blows.
48 But the one who does not know and does things
deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has
been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been
entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

 

 

The Parable of the Tenants

 

Matthew 21:33–22:1 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33–46pp—Mk 12:1–12; Lk 20:9–19

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” 

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

 

Mark 12:1–12 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

12:1–12pp—Mt 21:33–46; Lk 20:9–19

12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

“But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

11 the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

 

Luke 20:9–19 (NIV)

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9–19pp—Mt 21:33–46; Mk 12:1–12

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

14 “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone’?

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

 

 

A True Story . . .

 

 

Jesus preaches in Galilee

Matthew 4:12–17 (NIV)

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been
put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth,
he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun
and Naphtali—14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet
Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the Way of the Sea, beyond the
Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people living in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the
shadow of death

a light has dawned.” 

17 From that time on Jesus began to
preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come
near.”

Mark 1:14–15 (NIV)

Jesus Announces the Good
News

1:16–20pp—Mt
4:18–22; Lk 5:2–11; Jn 1:35–42

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus
went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the
good news!”

Luke 4:14–15 (NIV)

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the
power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised
him.

John 4:43–45 (NIV)

Jesus Heals an Official’s
Son

43 After the two days he left for Galilee.
44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no
honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the
Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at
the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.