• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The parables of the Kingdom

Extracts from this document...


21/2/07 THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM MATTHEW O'HARA The kingdom of God forms the main theme of Jesus' preaching and this is evident in the parables in Mark's gospel. The Jews were looking forward to God's rule, they had been ruled by foreign powers for many centuries, some thought that God would be in charge and would save them from their enemies. Some like the Zealots thought that the kingdom of God meant that the Jews would rule their own country. Jewish rule was God's rule so the Jewish kingdom would be a kingdom of God. Jesus teachings show that he disagreed with both these views, he taught that the kingdom of God would happen if people followed God's laws. The kingdom of God would not involve a struggle against the Romans but it would involve a struggle against sin, which Jesus would forgive. The kingdom began to arrive in the person of Jesus. In Jesus the kingdom was 'at hand.' It had not yet been completed. God has always been king but he sent Jesus to "save" the world. ...read more.


An allegory is a story where the message is hidden in a type of code, where the characters and events really represent other characters and events; a story where every detail has a meaning. Some allegories may be make-believe instead of everyday life. To understand the meaning of the story you have to de-code it. Some of the parables in Mark's gospel may be reflecting the belief of his church. Mark uses two examples of an allegory, the parable of the Sower and the parable of the tenants in the Vineyard. In Mark' gospel the parable of the sower is an allegory, but the basic message is clear. Jesus is saying the kingdom will certainly come, despite its small beginnings in his own ministry and all the difficulties ahead. God is like a farmer sowing his seed. He scatters it about everywhere. Some finds good soil. Some falls on stony ground and some is choked in weeds. But he knew the harvest would come. The followers of Jesus should not despair when things seem to be going wrong: the kingdom is coming. Jesus spoke in parables because of many reasons. Parables were simple stories, easy both to listen to and understand. ...read more.


Examples, of the world being God's Kingdom include: people such as nouns, priests and aid workers, all these people give up their lives and time to look after those less fortunate than themselves. This shows that God's word had been thought about carefully and understood by these people, and that God's kingdom can be on Earth through these peoples lives but also the lives of everyday persons who are willing to receive God into their lives. In Conclusion I think this earth will be God's kingdom, the kingdom is a present in the lives of those who believe. The kingdom of God is significant to each person it is a way in which they will find God, by allowing him to reign in their hearts. Although this world is not perfect and not everyone followers his word there are lots of people willing to give up their lives for God. Through their actions, thoughts and behaviour and their willingness to repent God's kingdom on Earth will grow as the parables of the mustard seed and the seed growing secretly point out. "After a while it becomes the biggest of all plants." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miracles section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miracles essays

  1. The charaters in "Hills Like White Elephants," "Daisy Miller," and "Babylon Revisited" all communniacte ...

    She is nervous but is in denial; she tries to reassure herself. She feels the man's distance from her and tries to draw him back in to her world. This story centers on the controversy of abortion in an ambiguous writing style by Ernest Hemingway.

  2. Describe the history and symbolism of the festival of Pesach - How may ...

    During the Seder meal the leader removes the middle matzah and breaks it into two pieces. He replaces the smaller portion but wraps the larger piece in cloth and hides it for the children to find later. Further on during the meal the leader takes the lowest matzah and breaks it in half to make a horseradish sandwich.

  1. The girl in the story was labeled as a girl, which is interesting to ...

    When Mrs Walker was telling her of her reputaion she said "If this is improper, then I am inproper, and you must give me up"(310). Her death was the result of her selfishness. The most important people in her life wanted her to quit doing what she did.

  2. This story centers on the controversy of abortion in an ambiguous writing style by ...

    The man is in love with her as well, but also dose not want her to have the child. She was talking about the landscape around the train station, and without warning he comes out and says "Its really a simple operation, Jig, its not really a operation at all"(1).

  1. The Parables - (The Sower, The Lamp stand, The Seed Growing Secretly and The ...

    We don't expect the second coming in our lifetimes but I believe that the appearance of The Kingdom will depend on the people's response to Gods word. This Parable shows us that The Kingdom of God will come, but is waiting for the seeds, which have been planted, to grow.

  2. Religious Studies Coursework - Power over Disease & Death

    to keep the miracle a secret; this is what is known as the "messianic secret". Jesus did this because he wanted people to have faith in him through a personal experience and not through a story being passed on through word of mouth, which would have probably resulted in the story being exaggerated.

  1. Discuss the differences and similarities between the two stories concentrating on how they begin ...

    There is not really a resolution in this story, as the problems that have occurred do not get solved. We are left without a definite ending or explanation. Although the story comes to an end it doesn't feel like the action is over, or the event has finished.

  2. Describe the importance of the healing miracles of Jesus for Christian life today. ...

    Through reading Luke's gospel you can see that Luke had his own idea of Jesus and conveyed it through the stories. For Luke the 'miracle' about Jesus was that he made God real to those who took him seriously and met his challenge.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work