Vs. 2, “He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said…” In this chapter, we see Jesus really utilize his teachings with parables (short stories with different meanings). All of these parables were in the Gospel of Matthew, except for the parable of the growing seed. The first parable is a wondeful example of the condition of our hearts and how we receive God’s Word (vs. 1-20). The parable of the lampstand addresses what we are supposed to do once we receive His Word (vs. 21-25). The growing seed parable reminds us that we are to sow God’s word and rest in knowing that we are to be prepared for the harvest! Upon these wonderful teachings, Jesus in a way gives his disciples a test with the storm to see if they are living by faith (vs. 35-41).
Regarding application…Hearing God’s Word. Vs. 24, “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.” The word “hear” is used thirteen times in this chapter for a reason. While we don’t get the luxury of literally hearing Jesus’ words, we do “hear” it by reading it. We hear also from the Holy Spirit’s conviction and through the spoken words of encouragement from others (sermons, bible studies, conversations, etc.). I like how Jesus emphasizes the word “carefully” because often times we don’t do this. We’ve all heard the phrase “in through one ear and out the other.” We do this when we get used to a voice (parents, teachers, pastors, youth pastors)…but we should take heed of God’s advice for we tend to do the same thing to Him. Let’s not only hear His word today, let us use it with good measure!