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The Word: Episode 0800 Hebrews 4:11-13

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

April 18, 2019

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

Blessings folk!

We continue with Jesus’ “parables of the soils/seed/sower” in Matthew 13.
We have read the parable.
We have seen the disciples questions and Jesus’ response.
Now, we see something unique about this parable - Jesus Himself interprets it.
He tells us what it means.
He explains the varied parts.

Read and rejoice…

Mat 13:18-23

“Hear then the parable of the sower.

“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 the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

“The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places,
this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns,
this is the man who hears the word,
and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word,
and it becomes unfruitful.

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil,
this is the man who hears the word and understands it;
who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

The Sower sows the seed.

The Seed is the Word of the Kingdom of God.

The Seed/Word lands on four types of soil.

For today:

  • What have you done with The Seed?
  • What soil are you?

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0799 James 5:10+

“I Would Heal Them”

April 17, 2019

“I Would Heal Them”

Blessings folk!

We continue with a parable of Jesus found in Matthew 13.

This parable is foundational.
Why?

Jesus gives the parable.
The disciples question Jesus.
Jesus then explains the parable, thereby giving insight into interpretive techniques for subsequent parables.
Jesus shows us “how to handle” parables.

Read April 15, 16 if you have not already, then press on…

Mat 13:10-17

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

Jesus answered them,
“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted.

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables;
because while seeing they do not see,
and while hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.

“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

“For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Jesus spoke in parables so that

  • Seeing they would not see
  • Hearing they would not hear
  • Listening they would not understand

Why did “they” react this way?

Because they were dull of hearing.
Because they did not believe.

Such was prophesied by the Lord through Isaiah.
Jesus speaks of it…
  • The heart of the people was dull
  • Their ears could scarcely hear
  • They closed their eyes

They fulfilled the prophecy.

If they had not done this, then they would see, hear, return and receive healing from the Lord.

But, they refused.
Led by their leadership.

Nothing has changed today among those who choose to be deaf, blind and ignorant.

But, the Lord encouraged His disciples.
Many prophets had desired to see and hear what they did.

Rejoice!

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The Word: Episode 0798 Romans 11:1-6

“Why Parables?”

April 16, 2019

“Why Parables?”

Blessings folk!

We continue looking at “fruit”.

We began yesterday looking at a parable the Lord spoke.
Read
here.

The disciples had a question after the parable…

Mat 13:10-13

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

Jesus answered them,
“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted.

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance;
but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables;
because while seeing they do not see,
and while hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Two-fold reason.

It had been granted to the disciples, those who believe, to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

Those who did not believe had not been granted such knowledge.

Jesus tells us that those who have believed will have more given.
They will have abundance of knowledge of the Kingdom.

Whoever does not have, what he does have will be taken from him.

A hard teaching.

Jesus continued.

He spoke to them in parables so that…

  • while seeing they would not see
  • while hearing they would not hear
  • they would not understand

One must believe to know.
One must believe to understand.
One must believe to see.
One must believe to hear.

Do you truly believe?

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Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 3

Hebrews Part 2 - Lesson 3

The Word: Episode 0797 John 1:24-34

“Sower, Seed, Soils”

April 15, 2019

“Sower, Seed, Soils”

Blessings folk!

Jesus told a parable related to fruit.
It is profound.
It is foundational.
It is important in understanding not only fruit, but also how to interpret parables.

We will take our time.

Read the parable.
Let not a “spirit of familiarity” rob truth from you.

Mat 13:1-9

That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.

And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;

and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

“Others fell on the rocky places,
where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up,
because they had no depth of soil.

“But when the sun had risen, they were scorched;
and because they had no root, they withered away.

“Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.

“And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop,
some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

“He who has ears, let him hear.”

This story is often called the “parable of the sower”.
This is less than accurate.

What would be a better “title”?

What is emphasized?

The seed?
Yep.

The soil?
Most definitely.

What do we see?
One sower.
One seed.
Varied soils.

Hummm….

Let he who has ears hear…

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