Monday, February 8, 2016

Kingdom of Heaven

February 8

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 25:1 – 30 

Verse of the Day: Matthew 25:1 – “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”

In this chapter we find the parable of the Ten Virgins. Jesus uses the phrase “the kingdom of heaven” here (βασιλεια των ουρανων). The Jews in reverence to God avoided saying the name of God, so this is a Jewish way of saying the “kingdom of God.” Matthew uses this phrase about 33 times and it is found basically in his writing alone.

This points out to us that the kingdom of God is not a political entity, it is a heavenly, spiritual one. Contrary to what they were looking for, Jesus did not come as a political deliverer, but a spiritual deliverer. We often make this same mistake today. He did not come to change governments – He came to change men’s hearts, and this in turn will change the world.

Prayer: Jesus, help me to seek You to change my heart. May I seek to walk in Your truth. Amen.

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