A lot of Jews and Christians in the first century were greatly longing for the kingdom of God to come. They were waiting for the promised Messiah to establish God’s rule on earth so that everything would be transformed. They were longing for a better world. However, their understanding of how the kingdom of God would be established was wrong.
The Jews thought that it would come quickly, with the Messiah defeating all worldly powers oppressing them. The Christians knew that it was through preaching the gospel that they would see the lives of people and society changed. However, they thought that it would be in their lifetime. Thus, when they failed to see this happen in their day, especially when persecution increased, many were discouraged. Even today, many Christians are discouraged when they continue to see evil and corruption in society and in the lives of people.
Some become unsure of the significance of what they are doing in advancing God’s kingdom. Others resort to other means because they want to see immediate change. Today, as we study two of Jesus’ parables, we hope that we will be enlightened as to the nature of the kingdom’s growth and encouraged with its surety.