INTRODUCTION: The Bible: Day 18: "God's Kingdom Has Come"
The Kingdom of God is upon us, and what is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of humanity? God never forgets the cries of the humble or the cries of the fatherless. He feels for the troubled, understands the oppressed, and finds justice for the victims. The physical Kingdom you and I live in today ignores the cries of the ones mentioned. This Kingdom forgets its suffering and chooses a life that ignores all the victims of social justice, but God doesn't because His Kingdom is upon us. He hears us all, and the LORD also turns terrible situations into a blessing for those who remain faithful to Him. The Kingdom of God is also how we hear and receive the word of God; we either bear good fruit or fall away quickly once things get too complex.
Social Justice and Humility in God's Kingdom He emphasized that God's Kingdom is attentive to the cries of the humble, the fatherless, and the oppressed. At the same time, the physical Kingdom often ignores these voices. Jared highlighted the importance of social justice and the need to actively seek it, particularly on behalf of those who are marginalized or suffering. He also led a reading from Psalms 10, focusing on the themes of justice, humility, and the importance of prayer.
Biblical Parables and Old Testament Reading Jared discussed several biblical parables from Matthew, chapter 13, including the parable of the sower, the parable of the wheat and the tares, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the leaven. He interpreted these parables as allegories for faith growth, the threat of deception and worldly distractions to faith, and the ultimate triumph of truth over falsehood. He also referenced Second Corinthians and First Corinthians about these parables. Finally, he announced the upcoming Old Testament reading from Genesis, chapters 36 and 37.
- Chapter 36- Covered the Genealogy of Esau:
Joseph's Dream and Sale Into Slavery DiscussedJared discussed chapter 37, which focuses on Joseph's dreams and his subsequent sale into slavery by his jealous brothers. He noted that Joseph's father, Israel, showed partial love towards Joseph, loving him more than the others, leading to division within the family. Jared highlighted how Joseph's brothers were motivated by their love for money and earthly possessions, leading them to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. He concluded by comparing Joseph's story to that of Jesus, emphasizing the theme of God's Kingdom coming upon us.
In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell
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