Tuesday, January 18, 2022
A Harvest Story
13 1-3 At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.
3-8 “What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.
9 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”
-Mathew 13:1-9 The Message
Jesus Teaches in Parables
13 Verse 1: On that day Jesus had gone out of the house and was sitting by the sea.
Verse 2: And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
Verse 3: And He told them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;
Verse 4: and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
Verses 2-3 studies: Jesus used a lot of parables to teach crowds of people. Jesus’ purpose of using parables is to compare something familiar to something unfamiliar. It helps us to understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Parables help listeners to see the truth, while those who are lazy and stubborn miss the point, or don’t want to see it. Those who search honestly will become clear. But try not to read too much into a parable, it can force saying things that are not what it is meant to say. All parables have one meaning unless it is specified by Jesus.
Verse 5: Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and they sprang up immediately because they had no depth of soil. Verse 6: But after the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Verse 7: Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.
Verse 8: But others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much.
Verse 8 study: This parable should be used to encourage spiritual “sowers”, those who teach, preach, and lead others. What the farmer did was sow good seeds and the result, not all the seeds sprouted, even though the plants that grew had varying yields. At any time you teach faithfully the Word, do not be discouraged if you don’t see the results. Belief cannot be forced to follow a mathematical formula. For example, a 4:1 ratio of seeds planted to seeds sprouted. It’s a miracle of God’s Holy Spirit as he uses your words to lead others to him.
Verse 9: The one who has ears, let him hear.”
Verse 9 study: Human ears hear many sounds, but there is a deeper kind of listening that results in spiritual understanding. If you are willing to honestly seek God’s will, you will have spiritual hearing and the parables will give you new perspectives.
Mattew 9:28; 13:36; Mark 2:13
Matthew 13:10; Mark 4:2
Genesis 26:12; Matthew 13:23
Matthew 11:15; Revelations 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6; 13, 22
Father, this will be one of many parables we will read in this chapter. I pray that these parables speak to the hearts of those that need to hear them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.