Aug 17, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 9 | Matthew 13:1-23

30 for 30 Day 9 | Matthew 13:1-23

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Matthew Chapter 13 1-23

Jesus Tells the Parable of the Four Soils

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying:  “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

10  The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  13 This is why I speak in parables:  “Through seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:  “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I will heal them.’  16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.  17 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.  18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  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.”

 

Questions:

Is there an Example for me to follow?

I would say the obvious choice to follow is the seed that falls onto the good soil.  The man who hears the word and understands.  The scary part is that up until about a year ago I thought I was good seed when I most definitely was not.  Even though I went to church every Sunday from the time I was a small child, I never heard or understood what was being spoken to me.  In that sense I was like the seed sown along the path, “hearing but never understanding.”  As I grew older and more eager to please the world I became like the seed sown among thorns.  The pursuit of the dollar trumped all other things in my life because a big house, nice cars, and a hefty bank account is what makes people happy, right?  Wrong.  I had everything in the world’s eyes, but did not own the one thing that matters, the ability to hear and understand. 

I can say that I now hear and understand; this website is a result of seeing through lies of the world and finding the truth.   

Is there a Lesson to be learned?

I think a lesson to be learned is to always pray that God will soften your heart to allow you to truly open your eyes to see and your ears to hear.  Have him make known to you what is currently unknown to you. 

Is there Sin to confess?

Again, tough question.  I pray that God makes known to me Sins that I am unaware that I am committing. 

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

After all the stages I went through in my life, how many times I must have disappointed him, the second that I ask Jesus to come into my life . . . he was there.  If you ask Jesus to come into your heart, and truly mean it . . . he will not disappoint! 

 

*BONUS – Dave Krueger of Grace Community Church gives a sermon on what we just discussed:

 Click here to Listen

Would love to hear your thoughts, post a comment!!!

  1. This is one of my favorite parables! Such an excellent source for personal evaluation. I love what you said about praying that "God makes known to me sins that I am unaware that I am committing". I don't think any of us get particularly excited when we feel convicted in the face of known and previously unknown sins. However, what a great mercy it actually is for God to allow us to feel convicted and show us areas where He would like us to move closer to Him.

  2. I came across a sermon today regarding the above mentioned parable. The pastor gives a more in depth explanation of the different kinds of soil than I have ever heard before. I thought it was very good! You can listen to it at tlccma.org/messages.html "Don't Be A Devil's Advocate" 04/11/10.

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