IV. The King's Being Rejected
A. The Establishment of Rejection
1. The Cause of Rejection
1 1aAt that time Jesus went on the bSabbath through the grainfields. And His disciples became hungry and began to pick cears of grain and eat.
2 But the Pharisees, seeing this, said to Him, Behold, Your disciples are doing what is 1anot lawful to do on the Sabbath.
3 But He said to them, Have you not 1aread what 2bDavid did when he became hungry, and those who were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and they ate the abread of the presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, except for the bpriests only?
5 Or have you not 1aread in the law that on the bSabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?
6 But I say to you that something 1agreater than the btemple is here.
7 But if you knew what this means, a"I desire mercy and not sacrifice,'' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the aSon of Man is 1Lord of the Sabbath.
9 And adeparting from there, He came into their synagogue.
10 And behold, a man who had a withered 1hand was there. And they asked Him, saying, Is it alawful to heal on the Sabbath? so that they might baccuse Him.
11 And He said to them, What man will there be among you who will have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and alift it out?
12 Of how much amore value then is a man than a sheep! So then it is blawful to do well on the Sabbath.
13 Then He said to the man, Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out and it was 1restored, as sound as the other.
14 But the Pharisees, going out, took acounsel against Him as to how they might 1bdestroy Him.
2. Rejection Causing the King's Turn to the Gentiles
15 But Jesus, knowing it, withdrew from there. And many afollowed Him, and He healed them all;
16 And He charged them anot to make Him known,
17 In order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be afulfilled, saying,
18 a"Behold, My 1Servant whom I have chosen, My bBeloved in whom My soul has found delight. I will put My cSpirit upon Him, and He will announce 2justice to the 3Gentiles.
19 He will not strive nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A 1bruised reed He will not break, and smoking 2flax He will not quench until He brings forth justice unto victory.
21 And in His name will the Gentiles ahope.''
3. The Climax of Rejection
22 aThen there was brought to Him one possessed by a demon, 1bblind and cdumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
23 And all the crowds were amazed and said, Is this not the 1aSon of David?
24 But the Pharisees, hearing this, said, This man does not cast out the demons except by 1aBeelzebul, bruler of the demons.
25 aBut bknowing their thoughts, He said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his 1akingdom stand?
27 And if I, by aBeelzebul, cast out the demons, by whom do your sons bcast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I, by the 1aSpirit of God, cast out the demons, then the 2bkingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or how can anyone enter into the 1house of the 2strong man and aplunder his 3goods unless he first 4binds the strong man? And then he will thoroughly plunder his house.
30 1He who is not with Me is aagainst Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
31 aTherefore I say to you, Every sin and bblasphemy will be forgiven men, but 1blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever 1speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, aneither in this 2bage nor in the one to come.
33 Either make the tree good and its afruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for 1by the fruit the tree is known.
34 Offspring of avipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the bheart the mouth speaks.
35 The good man, out of his good treasure, brings forth good things, and the evil man, out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil things.
36 And I say to you that every 1idle word which men shall speak, they will render an aaccount concerning it in the day of bjudgment.
37 For by your 1awords you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
4. The Sign to the Rejecting Generation
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, Teacher, we want to see a 1asign from You.
39 aBut He answered and said to them, An bevil and adulterous 1generation seeks after a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish athree days and three nights, so will the bSon of Man be in the 1cheart of the earth dthree days and three nights.
41 aNinevite men will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they brepented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something 1cmore than Jonah is here.
42 The aqueen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something 1bmore than Solomon is here.
5. The Rejecting Generation Becoming Worse
43 aWhen the unclean spirit goes out from the man, it roams through 1waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.
44 Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came out. And it comes and finds it unoccupied, swept, and decorated.
45 Then it goes and takes along with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter in and settle down there. And the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Thus shall it be also with 1this aevil generation.
6. Rejection Resulting in the King's Forsaking
46 aWhile He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His bmother and His cbrothers stood outside seeking to speak to Him.
47 And someone said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.
48 But He answered and said to him who spoke to Him, 1Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?
49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, Behold, My mother and My brothers!
50 For whoever 1adoes the will of My Father who is in the heavens, he is My bbrother and sister and mother.
B. The Unveiling of the Kingdom's Mysteries
1. The Preliminary Work of the Kingdom
1 1aOn that day Jesus went out of the bhouse and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds were gathered to Him, so that He stepped into a 1aboat and sat, and all the crowd stood on the shore.
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, 1Behold, the 2asower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some 1aseeds fell 2bbeside the way, and the 3bbirds came and devoured them.
5 And others fell on the 1arocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up because they had no bdepth of earth.
6 But when the 1asun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered.
7 And others fell on the 1athorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.
8 But others fell on the 1agood earth and yielded fruit, one a bhundredfold, and one sixtyfold, and one thirtyfold.
9 He who has 1aears to hear, let him hear.
10 aAnd the disciples came and said to Him, Why do You speak in parables to them?
11 And He answered and said to them, Because to you it has been given to know the 1amysteries of the bkingdom of the heavens, but to them it has not been given.
12 For 1awhoever has, it shall be given to him, and he will abound; but 2whoever does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
13 For this reason I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do anot see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, a"In hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive.
15 For the heart of this people has become fat, and with their ears they have heard heavily, and their aeyes they have closed, lest they perceive with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart, and they turn around, and I will heal them.''
16 But ablessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to aperceive the things that you 1see, and have not perceived them, and to hear the things that you 1hear, and have not heard them.
18 aYou therefore hear the parable of the one who sowed.
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand, the 1aevil one comes and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown beside the way.
20 And the one sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 Yet he does not have root in himself but lasts only for a time, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately he is astumbled.
22 And the one sown in the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the aanxiety of the bage and the deceitfulness of criches utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 But the one sown on the good earth, this is he who hears the word and understands, who by all means bears afruit and produces, one a hundredfold, and one sixtyfold, and one thirtyfold.
2. The Establishment of the Kingdom and Its False Constituents
24 Another parable He set before them, saying, The 1akingdom of the heavens has become like a bman sowing good cseed in his cfield.
25 But while the 1men slept, his aenemy came and sowed 2btares in the midst of the 3wheat and went away.
26 And when the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the tares appeared also.
27 And the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where then did the tares come from?
28 And he said to them, An enemy has done this. And the slaves said to him, Do you want us then to go and 1collect them?
29 But he said, No, lest while 1collecting the tares, you uproot the wheat along with them.
30 Let both 1grow together until the aharvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, bCollect first the tares and bind them into bundles to cburn them up, but the dwheat gather into my barn.
3. The Abnormal Development
of the Outward Appearance of the Kingdom
31 aAnother parable He set before them, saying, The kingdom of the heavens is like a 1bmustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 And which is smaller than all the seeds; but when it has grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a 1tree, so that the 2abirds of heaven come and roost in its branches.
4. The Inward Corruption
of the Outward Appearance of the Kingdom
33 aAnother parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of the heavens is like 1bleaven, which a 2cwoman took and hid in dthree measures of 3meal until the whole was leavened.
34 All these things Jesus spoke in aparables to the crowds, and apart from a parable He spoke nothing to them,
35 So that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, a"I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things bhidden 1cfrom the foundation of the world.''
5. The Establishment of the Kingdom
and Its False Constituents (Continued)
36 Then, leaving the crowds, He went into the ahouse. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Make the bparable of the tares of the field clear to us.
37 And He answered and said, He who sows the good seed is the aSon of Man;
38 And the field is the world; and the 1good seed, these are the asons of the kingdom; and the 1tares are the bsons of the evil one;
39 And the enemy who sowed them is the adevil; and the harvest is the bconsummation of the age; and the reapers are angels.
40 Therefore just as the tares are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the consummation of the age.
41 The aSon of Man will send His angels, and they will collect out of 1His bkingdom all the cstumbling blocks and those who practice dlawlessness,
42 And will cast them into the 1afurnace of fire. In that place there will be the 2bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the 1righteous will ashine forth like the sun in the 2bkingdom of their Father. He who has cears to hear, let him hear.
6. The Kingdom Hidden in the God-created Earth
44 The kingdom of the heavens is like a 1treasure hidden in the 2afield, which a 3man found and bhid, and in his joy goes and sells all that he has, and cbuys that field.
7. The Church Produced out of the Satan-corrupted World
45 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a 1merchant seeking fine pearls;
46 And finding one 1apearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bbought it.
8. The Eternal Gospel and Its Result
47 Again, the kingdom of the heavens is like a 1anet cast into the 2sea and gathering from 3every species,
48 Which, when it was filled, they brought onto the shore, and sat down and collected the 1good into vessels; but the 1foul they cast out.
49 So it will be at the aconsummation of the age: the angels will go forth and separate the evil from the midst of the righteous,
50 And will cast them into the 1afurnace of fire. In that place there will be the 2bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
9. The Treasure of Things New and Old
51 Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes.