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The Parables: Matthew 13

Jesus taught the people by a lake. Such large crowds gathered that Jesus sat in a boat teaching the people who stood on the shore. He told them a parable of a man who sowed seed and later explained it to His disciples saying:

19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

The disciples asked Jesus why He taught the people in parables, He answered that the people would not listen because they were hard hearted, so He taught them in parables.. (see vv 10-15)

Matthew 13

  • Jesus spoke to people in parables on purpose. The message of each parable would be clear to those who were willing to search out the answer and obscure to someone who was not.

  • People will respond differently to hearing Godís Word depending on their personality and situation in life. We need to make sure that the cares of this life and/or trials we go through donít kill Godís Word within us.

  Jesus told His disciples "blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

We are very privileged and blessed to read those words for ourselves. God is looking for a sincere response to His Word. A desire to strive for Godly characteristics and to implant them in our daily lives. The Word sown in honest hearts that respond to God's mercy and love (good soil) will grow. Our efforts may be small, but  God will provide the growth, hich will be ultimately be perfected at the time of Jesusí return.

We are indeed blessed, if in times of weakness or temptation, we surrender our hearts to His refining discipline. These are moments when all thoughts of self have gone and we are conscious only of the nearness of the Father.

Like Jesus' disciples, through Godís Word we have the privilege of sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning what sort of person He would have us become.

 

 

 

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