Matthew 13

Vs. 3, “Then he told them many things in parables…”  Parables were a very exciting and wonderful way to share a story!  The Greek meaning behind parable is to “throw alongside”…so technically, Jesus is throwing along a very important truth in a story.  This is a very important chapter because of the truth that is “hidden” in these parables, in part because of the hardened hearts.  We are reminded of the great parable of the sower that really challenges the consideration of our hearts.  In the parable of the weeds, we see us as the fields and Jesus as the sower.  Jesus will one day seperate those who are true and those who are false.  In the parable of the mustard seed and yeast, we see the mustard seed (the church) grow exponentially…but some of that growth isn’t necessarily good.  And the yeast parable speaks of false teaching within the church  The parable of the hiiden treasure and pearls speaks of the value that we have in our salvation, though some will not realize this.  And lastly, the parable of the net is laid out quite clearly, God will seperate the good fish from the bad.

 

Regarding application…Not Accepted.  Vs. 57, “…But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”  Question: How does this apply to us?  While we think only those from Nazareth are at fault here, but I believe we are told this because we are in danger of the same thing.  So often, the world thinks it knows who Jesus is.  Even those who grow up in the church think we know who Jesus is.  And as we grow and begin to understand all that encompasses Jesus, God, & Holy Spirit…we begin to question things.  We begin to pick and choose that which we want to believe.  That is exactly what was happening to those in Nazareth.  Jesus was “not accepted” when they only wanted to believe him in their terms.  Brothers & sisters…we must put all of our chips in for this thing called faith.  Turn to the Lord and let’s make this day His!