sermonette: Dominion and Leaven (Part One)
Understanding the Kingdom of God
David C. Grabbe
Given 31-Mar-18; 17 minutes
Dominion theology holds that the church's responsibility is to spread God's Kingdom around the world before Jesus Christ returns, but it is based on a misunderstanding of the Parable of Leaven. In a number of parables, such as the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers, the "kingdom" refers to the national kingdom, which would be taken from the chief priests, elders, and Pharisees. This usage informs the first four parables of Matthew 13 (the Sower and the Seed, the Wheat and the Tares, the Mustard Seed, and the Leaven). The history of God's relationship with His people has been troubling, His own ultimately rejecting Him and attempting to usurp His rightful power. For that reason, the parables forecast God's removal of power from physical Israel and His handing the keys of the Kingdom handed to the church. The first four kingdom parables of Matthew 13 address the deficient and soon-to-become defunct physical kingdom, while the last four parables address the emergent spiritual kingdom.