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Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
Matthew 6:33 (New American Standard Bible)
“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
There has been a bit of discussion of late regarding the recent emphasis on the ‘Kingdom’ and the ‘Emerging Church’. In fact, for years preachers have avoided the topic of Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven (synonymous terms) because they were fearful of being labeled as a heretic, as the Kingdom (which I define as God’s rule everywhere, over everything, at all times) was seen as delayed or inconsequential. Yet, if you read the gospels with an open heart and mind, you will no doubt see that the Kingdom was the primary focus of Jesus and the apostles teaching.
The Jewish perspective on the Kingdom was based upon believes that the Kingdom of God would be an earthly, political Kingdom that would overthrow the Roman rule and restore worldwide dominion to the Jewish nation, much like in the time of David and Solomon. When one views the Kingdom of God from this earthly perspective, the key teachings of Christ are often missed (or misconstrued), lacking a spiritual understanding of the Kingdom, which was clearly the focus of His earthly ministry. In saying this, I am not undermining the importance of salvation in His earthly ministry, as Jesus also emphasized that to