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Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus’ Parable of the Two Seeds

picture of what on left and tares on right

Could You Tell the Difference in these Immature Plants?

Jesus was addressing the people with parables again. Matthew doesn’t make it clear here where Jesus is and whom He is currently addressing. I think this could have been one of the parables He shared on the seashore when He spoke about the sower and the seed. Reading further into this chapter we see Jesus explain this parable to His disciples, so we know that this telling is before a crowd at this point.

We have another farmer’s story today. This farmer only had to deal with one kind of soil. It was prepared beforehand to receive the “good seed” he intended to plant there. He ran into problems, however, concerning the crop that sprang up on his land. Apparently his “good seed” wasn’t the only seed that got spread on his field that season. Read more »

Matthew 13:18-23 Jesus’ Parable of the Sower and the Seed: The Explanation

Soil for the Seed

Soil for the Seed

Jesus has just told His disciples that they are privileged to get to understand the stories/parables He has been using in His teachings. THEN He proceeds to explain the stories. I bet there were a few very relieved disciples in that bunch. Imagine being Jesus’ closest bunch and not having a clue as to what He was really talking about. Sure, they could understand the stories in and of themselves because He painted such vivid and common pictures when He spoke. But the disciples KNEW there was more to the story than what was on the surface. What was Jesus’ hidden meaning?

We are going to take the explanation Jesus gave His disciples today and match it up with the attendees on the seashore. See if we can find some examples to fit Jesus’ descriptions. Mark 4:13-20 records this same parable. Mark’s narrative makes it a little clearer what the sower and the seed are than Matthew’s retelling does. We also know, from many years of being taught this story and by logical conclusion, that the place the “seed” is being sown is in men’s hearts. The heart condition then is represented by the different kinds of soil. (I had to say that, just in case someone new to this story happened by today.) Read more »

Matthew 13:10-17 Why the stories Jesus?

Jesus' Stories Teach Us

Jesus’ Stories Teach Us

Jesus has just spent the day teaching the people using stories/parables. His last remark to them was, “He who has ears, let him hear” (verse 9). I wonder what the people thought of that statement. “Of course we have ears; they’re on the sides of our heads, just like Yours!” But Jesus wasn’t talking about physical ears. He was talking about spiritual ears. The Pharisees probably thought they had both kinds of ears, but they were wrong.

The disciples came and asked Jesus about His teaching method. They were curious as to why He had ONLY taught in parables this day. He had used stories on previous occasions, but today He used parables exclusively. Why was that? They knew Jesus had some hidden meaning in His stories. Wouldn’t it have been easier on the people listening if He would have explained it to them afterward? The disciples were probably wondering at a lot of the meanings too, but they didn’t come right out and ask Him, yet. Read more »

Matthew 13:1-9 Jesus’ Parable of the Sower and the Seed: The Crowd

(In advance, I’m going to warn you that today’s story is a bit long. After all, we have a whole day on the beach to look at with Jesus.)

Playing and listening

Playing and listening

Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ story of the sower and the seed from the perspective of the farmer. We went through the planting and growing season with him to get a closer look at the man and his crop. Today we are going to look at the crowd Jesus was teaching this parable to. Who was in the crowd? What were they doing as Jesus taught them? Why were they each there? What happened after they heard the story?

We find Jesus on the seashore. He has just left a home where He was teaching a group there. One of the last topics He had addressed there was who His true family was. He said it was those who did His Father’s will. We don’t know how long Jesus was relatively alone on the seashore but we are told that a large crowd came to Him there. It was so big that He got in a boat and set out on the water a little ways in order to be able to address them all. I’m assuming that the area He was in was a harbor with natural rock formations on either side. This would make a great amphitheater and His voice would be able to be heard clearly by all those in attendance.   Read more »

Matthew 13:1-9 Jesus’ Parable of the Sower and the Seed: The Farmer’s Story

To get a harvest you have to plant a lot of seed

To get a harvest you have to plant a lot of seed

Jesus leaves the crowd at the house where He talked about who His true family was. Matthew tells us He went and sat by the sea. He wasn’t there very long before another BIG crowd gathered around Him. This crowd was so large that He got in a boat and put out to sea a bit to address them all. I wonder who was all in the crowd. Did some of them follow Him from the house? Were there Pharisees in this crowd too? What brought each of these people to come to Him?

While Jesus was teaching them He used parables. The parable Matthew tells us about Jesus using is about a farmer and his seed. This was a story that most of these people could relate to. Many of them were farmers themselves or a family member of a farmer. They could easily picture what Jesus was talking about. Today we are going to look at the story in and of itself. Tomorrow I want to take a look at the crowd who was present for Jesus’ telling of the story. Read more »