Matthew 13

Matthew 13 has Jesus continuing to teach.  This time, he moves to a boat as the crowd pressed in around him, and He begins to teach in parables.  His first lesson is about about the parable of the sower.  “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed,

  •  some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them
  • Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root,  they withered away
  • Other seeds fell among  thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them
  • Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty”.

Jesus points out four different ways that the sower sowed, or four different ways those seeds fell – the kind of ground they went into.

He later gives the disciples a more thorough explanation of the parable.  Here is what He tells them:

  • Hard soil – “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and  does not understand it,  the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path”.
  • Rocky soil – “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away”.
  • Thorny soil – “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful”.
  • Good soil – “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty”.

Jesus talks about the condition of our hearts in terms of types of soil.  Our goal needs to be to have a heart of good soil so we can receive the word and live it in a way that bears fruit and brings honor to God.

The disciples asked why He was teaching in parables.  He gives them a thorough and complete response.  “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given”.  Jesus wanted His twelve to know and understand what He was teaching in the parables, but the public wasn’t ready yet.  Jesus goes on to say “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand”.

Jesus went back to His hometown and began to teach in the synagogue.  The locals who knew Him could not understand how this young man they had know growing up “taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works”? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things”?  It didn’t make sense to those who knew Him from childhood, and His wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures were more than they could fathom.  It aligns with prophecy that said He would not be received in His hometown.  But He is Jesus, the Christ, who is our Savior and Lord, no matter what the hometown people believed.

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