Parables of Jesus Series
Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, 6/27/2018
Opening Video Credit
Dream Small - Josh Wilson
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This week's study is very important for every follower of Christ. Jesus stressed the importance of opening our eyes to
this evil generation, and urges us to follow Him and God's Word. This is a long parable, only because it's one that Jesus takes the time to explain to provide a clear explanation of what type of person will make it to heaven.
Important Scripture: (Matthew 13:3-23 NKJV)
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 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
What happened to the seeds?
The seed that fell along the path were eaten by birds. Jesus says that these are the ones who "hear the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart" (Matthew 13:19 NKJV). The enemy loves these believers because he can quickly influence them and make them go astray.
Verse 5 & 6
These fell on rocky places, and due to a lack of soil; they scorched when the heat came. These withered away. "This is he who hears the Lord and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while" Matthew 13:20-21 NKJV). The faith of these particular people are superficial, not deeply rooted in the foundation of the Word of God and the teaching of Jesus Christ. They easily fall to temptations, and give in when things get tough.
Others fell among thorns. These are people who "hears the word, and the cares of his world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22 NKJV). People in this category will talk the talk, but not walk the walk. They know the Scriptures and know the Word of God, but they have not allowed the Spirit of God to transform them to be the fruitful follower God intended them to be.
This is God's hope for each and every one of us! That we would fall on good soil and produce a crop. BE FRUITFUL! For "he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit" (Matthew 13:23 NKJV). This is the hope for every Christian in their walk with Christ.
Jesus invites and warns us to grasp the spiritual significance of His teachings. Most importantly, this parable that illustrates our faith and the result of such faith or lack thereof. Jesus loves us SO much, so naturally - he wants nothing more than to save us for the eternal fire.
We must earnestly seek God's Word, and allow the Lord Jesus Christ to work in us...To lead us where we can make an impact for His kingdom. Let Jesus use you where you are and he will open doors you never thought could be opened.
For what is the reward?
"Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise..." (Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV)
We were created to love and worship the ONLY true GOD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To believe that He loved us SO much that He sent His only son to die on the cross for US to be SAVED and LIVE with him in heaven. The ONLY way we can live up to this destiny is believing in the Lord Jesus Christs, accepting you're a sinner and asking Jesus to come into your heart as your Lord and Savior! Those who follow this path, "now desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them" (Hebrews 11:16 NKJV).
Which of the 4 seeds describes where you are in your faith? I pray it's the 4th seed. If not, please repent of your sins and ask the High Priest, our Lord Jesus to help you mature in your walk.
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV). God Bless!