“‘Near & At Hand…’ – The Tax Collector’s New Home”

Matt. 13:10  ¶ Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 

Matt. 13:11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given. 

Matthew has never belonged in either kingdom.  He has betrayed his former kingdom of Israel with the power of Rome and the kingdom of the world.  

Then the country Rabbi came by his booth one day with some news about another Kingdom.  

A Kingdom the tax collector was convinced he could never belong to…