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November 29th, 2015

The Parable of the Sower #1

12 Kingdom Parables

speaker: Pastor Cary Gordon Pastor Cary Gordon

service: Sunday Morning

text: Mark 4:13

about this service:

The number 12 has had a specific prophetic meaning throughout the Biblical narrative. In the Beginning, when God created the entire universe He purposely set 12 recognizable divisions in the outline of our stars. NASA recognizes those divisions with as much authority today as the wise men from the east who charted their course toward Bethlehem long ago. Having said that, it was not a coincidence that the Bible speaks of 12 patriarchs, from Seth to Noah and his family, and another set of 12 patriarchs from Shem to Jacob. The man God named Israel had a total of 13 sons, yet every time their names are listed in scripture (this list is given around 18 different times) in every case one of the thirteen is omitted so the list is always a list of 12 As we study the history of ancient Israel we discover that God raised up exactly 12 powerful judges throughout their national history. The number 12 was continuously represented in the design and flow of Solomon’s temple. There were 12 stones on the breastplate of the high priest. The Hebrews took 12 stones out of the Jordan River for building a memorial. There were 12 spies commissioned by Moses to spy in Canaan. We arrive in the New Testament and count 12 Apostles, 12 foundations in the construction of the heavenly Jerusalem, 12 Gates, 12 pearls, 12 special angels. The Bible tells us that the New Jerusalem will be 12,000 furlongs square, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits. The number of those who are sealed in the forehead by the angel, in Revelation 7:4: will be 144,000 (a multiple of 12). Jesus was first publicly recognized by spiritual authority when He was only 12 years old! Jesus said that He had the authority to call upon 12 legions of angels in his defense – if He so chose to do it. On and on and on and on it goes! There is meaning ascribed to this number that rings consistent throughout the whole of Scripture. It is a number representing perfect government. Considering the whole of Jesus' more than 70 parables taught within the four gospels, we locate a small number of them that begin with the same opening line: "The Kingdom (government) of Heaven is like unto..." These parables are precisely 12 in number. Thus begins this magnificent study of the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Enjoy as Pastor Cary explains the first of the 12 teachings, which Jesus offered as His very most important of all parables.