In the parables Jesus is giving us express understanding of the principles that all of creation operate under. The things that have been locked up in a treasure box if you will, from the first moment God uttered the words “let there be”. The mysteries (musterion)- the secret councils which govern God in dealing with the righteous. The rules God has put in place that He must operate by.
One thing that was always a head scratcher to me is, if Jesus says to us, “the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life”, (John 6:63). Why is it that we dismiss so easily the parables as stories for children? Is it simply because a parable in the most literal sense is a “simple story used to illustrate a moral or Spiritual lesson”? Jesus told us that they are so much more. In Matthew the 13th chapter Jesus gives us 7 different parables. After the first parable the disciples ask him why speak in parables? (vs. 10). Jesus’ answer to them in verse 11 is profound, and gives us a revelatory bombshell as His answer. “ He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given”. The word mysteries in the original language is “musterion” meaning- the secret councils which govern God in dealing with the righteous. So in other words God is telling the disciples the reason I speak in parables is I am telling you how the Kingdom of Heaven operates, or the rules that God uses to govern His Kingdom.
To illustrate this further, after this explanation from Jesus, he prefaces all the parables with, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto” (vs. 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47), and then He gives us the parable. We receive further confirmation of this revelation of Truth in verses 34 and 35.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them:
That is might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
As you can tell the parables are much more than mere stories for children in Sunday school. Jesus opened a treasure trove of information for the express purpose of transforming our world into His. Is it any wonder that Jesus gave us the words as he did, in the Lord’s prayer?
Matthew 6:10, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven”. The purpose of a Spirit filled child of God is to continue “the mandate” that was given to Adam.
Change this world that we live in, into the world that He lives in, Heaven.
Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it”. He charged them with one purpose, let the dominion of Heaven overwhelm the Earth, and the parables give us the information we need to make that mandate a reality in our lives.
God created a playbook that all of creation operates by, and that playbook created a set of rules that God obligated Himself to. That is what Jesus was trying to get us to understand in the parables. When the principles of our life equate to God’s playbook then all of creation must bend to His will towards our lives. We live in a state that is beyond just being “blessed”, we live in a place that Jesus prayed in Matthew 6:10, “Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven”. We begin to live in a place that is overwhelmed by God’s voice producing dominion in our lives.
That dominion is not just limited to “Spiritual endeavors”. God made man body, soul and Spirit 2/3 supernatural and 1/3 natural. We were always intended to be more Spiritual than physical. The purpose for the physical body was so that the Spirit could interact with everything that God created. How else could “His will be done on Earth” if there were not some earthly mechanism connecting the Spirit to all that God created?
Peter needed to pay his tax bill in Matthew 17. Jesus told him to do what he knew how to do, catch a fish!… because Peter was a fisherman. When Peter opened the mouth of the fish, the money he needed to pay his taxes was in the fishes mouth.
The only explanation for such an experience is that the Spirit of God, interacted with the physical world, the fish, and it picked up the money Peter needed then headed for his fishing hook. Peter’s taxes were hardly what I would call a “Spiritual endeavor” such as preaching, praying for the sick or starting a church. It was a normal ordinary problem that all of us face at some point in life. If I understand God’s playbook that all of creation must operate by then there is no limit to the potential of our lives. It is the answer for sickness, poverty, hunger, depression and ultimately salvation for our souls. There is nothing that pertains to us that is exempt from God’s playbook because God created everything.
One profound truth of God’s creation is that He did not create things to “do something” He created everything to “be something”. In Genesis 1, God, after creating light, did not tell light what to do. God simply said, “Let there BE light, and there was light”. Light was created with all that was necessary to do exactly what it was intended to do. In fact, light is so proficient at what it does that it conquers darkness by its very nature.
John 1:5 says, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
When light simply functions as God created it to, it has dominion in its scope of existence.
The one mandate that God gave man is found in Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it, and have dominion”.
Most people read this and think that God was talking about Adam and Eve having children and populating the Earth, but I must point out that Eve was not even created yet. That type of “question mark” in the Scriptures should cause you to “dig a little deeper” to gain understanding. When we look at the original language, instead of King James “interpretation”, we find the answer. The word used for BE fruitful is “parah” meaning- to cause to BE, or increase. By that definition it could or could not be in relation to procreation, so lets look at the next word multiply. The word multiply is “rabah” which is a verb meaning- BE or become. The next word is replenish “mala” meaning- to be full, and finally subdue is “kabash” meaning- to bring into captivity. So God was telling Adam to increase, BE full and bring into captivity all that God created. God created you and I inherently with all that we needed to fulfill our destiny of BEING human, and fulfilling the one mandate that God gave humanity. BE full, and bring into captivity all that God created, and have DOMINION over all that God made.
Now with this understanding in mind lets take a another look at what Jesus was telling us in the parables. Matthew 13:35 says, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the World.”
Jesus was giving us the information that we need to recapture what Adam lost. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost the relationship with the Spirit that gave us what truly makes us what God created us to be.
The purpose of a Spirit filled child of God is to continue “the mandate” that was given to Adam. The component that allows this to be reality in our lives again, is the interjection of the Spirit making man more Spiritual than physical. Remember, 2/3 supernatural and 1/3 natural. The Spirit will have preeminence over our skin once again. Now that you and I are connected to the Spirit of God again, the information that was “kept secret from the foundation of the World” can be made alive in our lives. God’s playbook is now relevant information to us because we once again have become integrated back into the Kingdom of God thanks to God’s Spirit reigning over our lives again, so now, “His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
I’m part of His kingdom establishing an embassy of Heaven as my domicile here on Earth, so that the laws that govern the Kingdom of Heaven govern my life here and now.