Words from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 13.
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
- The parable is broken up and explained quite well later in the text, so I will add my thoughts after that.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
- Can you see? Can you hear? Many people in could not understand Jesus when he was right in front of them. Though many of us feel it would have been quite awesome to live back in those days, I assure you we are blessed in these days to have God's written word in full. We live in a time where it has all been studied. Though I believe there is much in the bible we will never fully understand, until we meet Jesus face to face, there is much that has been made clear to us. Will you hear it?
I am certain there are plenty of things in the bible we can all glance over and find ourselves confused. What do we do with that then? Do we simply pass it over in search for something we already understand? No, we should study it carefully, and Seek guidance in understanding. The bible says to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and All these things shall be given unto you...." God wants us to have understanding. We must seek after it.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
- Here it is. If you hear the word, and don't understand it, just like the seed cast by the way side, the birds come and eat it up, or in our case, the devil comes and takes it away. We cannot hold onto something we do not understand.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
- Do you have roots? There are many whom attend church Every week. They are SO full of energy and passion. You may even see them dancing in the isle. [image]
These people with no roots, after hearing the word, and receiving it with much passion and joy. They understand it, and hold onto it for a time, but as soon as they face a trial in their life, they wither. Plant yourself firmly in God's word and you will have roots to support you in all your trials.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
- Are you living among thorns? There is MUCH in this world that is able to choke you. Live not amongst such distraction
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
- Find yourself in the good soil. When the word comes to you, Hear it, understand it, and do good works by it.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
- Again, this parable is explained later in the text.
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
- I had to do a bit of reading to get a better understanding of this passage. I know many of us have heard the reference to a mustard seed. Though often depicted as such, it is not the smallest seed, it is REALLY small though. And it does not actually become a tree. It is considered here an herb, and for an herb it is quite large. While not a tree, it can grow large enough for some small birds to rest in its branches. The uses of the mustard seed is more figurative than literal.
According to what I was just reading, the Kingdom of Heaven mentioned mentioned here is in reference to the time when Jesus shall rule on earth. This Kingdom starts out small, as a mustard seed, and will grow into something much larger.
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
- Wow, I had to read quite a few notes to understand this one. The word "leaven" is used in the bible to describe something bad, something that corrupts. The word "meal" was a sweet savour offering, food for the priests. It represents something good here. Quite confusing for such a short verse if you ask me. But, according to the notes I've been reading... This supposedly is a warning, that the true doctrine, given for nourishment of the children of the kingdom, would be mingled with corruption, and false doctrine... and that it would even be done so officially by the church itself. This makes some sense, as you can see in many churches these days there is much corruption, and much false teachings. Mix that leaven, those false teachings, into something good, the church, and it will sit and ferment, corrupting the whole.
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
- Here's that explanation of the tares of the field. We, God's children, are the good seed. We have been sown on the earth. The Devil has also planted his seed among us.
We often wonder why God doesn't just pull up all of the tares, all of the bad people... It's explained here. We are still growing. If the tares were pulled up, we might be pulled up as well. So on we'll grow, even with evil growing also around us... until Harvest time. What a day that will be.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
- Again I had to read notes to follow some of this. The Kingdom of Heaven, that shall be upon the earth, is of course believed to be where Israel is. In this reference, Israel is the treasure hidden in the field(the world). Jesus is the buyer who paid with his blood. He purchased the ENTIRE field(the earth) just so he could have the treasure hidden within, which shall become the Kingdom.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
- This is quite similar to the above parable where the merchant man is Christ. The on good and perfect pearl worth purchasing is the church. The church is the children of the Kingdom.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
- This is explained fairly well here. As fishermen would cast out a net, haul everything in, and then cast aside all that is bad... So too shall the angels cast out their nets to haul us all in, and cast out that which is bad.
51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
There is much in today's word. Will you hear it?
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