So, the first substantive reference to the “the Kingdom of God” thing is:
Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV) in The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable:“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from? ’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up? ’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters:First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn. ’”
So, what we know from this parable is:
1-the enemy will sow weeds among whatever wheat we sow
2-he will do it in secret at night when no one is watching
3-to fix the destruction of the enemy, it would require uprooting and destroying much of the wheat sown
4-in the “kingdom of heaven”, that is not God’s plan
5-at the harvest, the wheat and weeds would be separated and then the problem would be fixed
So, I am thinking lots of warm and fuzzy things when I am first thinking of this “Kingdom of God” concept. The first reference is not too warm and fuzzy, in fact just the opposite… Hmmmm…