Friday, January 15th, 2010
"Look! A king will reign for righteousness itself; and as respects princes, they will rule as princes for justice itself." (Isaiah 32:1)
In the illustration found at Mark 4:30-32, Jesus says that the birds of the heaven are able to find lodging under the shadow of God’s Kingdom. These birds do not represent enemies of the Kingdom who try to eat up the good seeds, as was true of the birds in the illustration of the man who scattered seed on different kinds of soil. (Mark 4:4) Rather, in this illustration the birds represent righthearted ones who seek protection within the confines of the Christian congregation. Jehovah similarly likened the Messianic Kingdom to a tree and stated prophetically: “On the mountain of the height of Israel I shall transplant it, and it will certainly bear boughs and produce fruit and become a majestic cedar. And under it there will actually reside all the birds of every wing; in the shadow of its foliage they will reside.”—Ezekiel 17:23.
(Watchtower issue: 07/15/08, 4:8)