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Matt: 13:52 (NLT)

Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.” 53 When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

This eighth and final parable in Matt 13 wraps up the teaching on the Kingdom of God that Jesus delivered. It was necessary that His disciples understand the difference between living in the reality of the Kingdom and simply living in the selfish decisions of life.

As with all the other parables, Jesus used commonly understood objects to teach spiritual truth. A householder is someone who owns or rents a home; a homeowner. Everyone understands the significance and obligations of being a property owner. People of the kingdom also have significance and obligations. These are not a burden, but a blessing.

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