Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea; Matthew 13: 10-30

 in these verses, Jesus had just told the parable of the sower. This confused his disciples a bit and they asked him why he was speaking in such a way. (v 10)
 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom, but unto you it is not given.
Jesus goes on in verses 12 -14 why, and verses 15 and 16 sum it up rather well:
15. For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they see.

There are those who desire to know the truth, and are open to it, which the disciples were, and there are those like the multitudes he was speaking of here that couldn't understand because they really didn't want to know the truth. Today the same is true of people --some who see the truth when it's there in front of them, and those who refuse to see or hear. We are to teach everyone we can, in love.
  Jesus went on to explain what he meant about the seeds being sown in verses 18 -23. Then he told them another parable, this time of a man who sowed wheat. The man sowed good wheat in his fields and at night, an enemy came and sowed tares into the man's field.
  The workers saw what had happened once the wheat had started growing and asked if they should get rid of the tares. The man said no, because in doing so they might harm the wheat. Let it all grow together, then at harvest time gather up the wheat and then throw the tares into the fire (v 24 -30)
  My time is up for now. Have a great Lord's day.   

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