Saturday, 9 February 2013

Matthew 13

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.

10 comments:

Susan said...

Quite a long chapter this week. Some feel Jesus increased his use of parables after the Jewish leaders rejected the possibility that he could be the Messiah (11:18-24).

Susan said...

v.8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

The good soil produced different rates of returns, 100, 60, 30. Even good soil sometimes yields a surprisingly small return.

Susan said...

v.12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Jesus stopped giving the people more truth since they had not accepted the basic truth of Jesus being the Messiah.

Susan said...

v. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

Limiting the truth Jesus gave them, limited their liability since they weren’t accepting any of Jesus’ teaching.

Susan said...

v.22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Many today are spiritually choked by the “worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth.”

Susan said...

v.18-43

Many of these parables indicate a delay (usually growing time) before the kingdom is fully present.

Susan said...

v.29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.

The wheat is valuable. Annoying as weeds are, they are left so as to not fatally damage the wheat.

Susan said...

v.44-46 …sold all he had and bought that field….sold everything he had and bought it.

No price is too high to pay to be part of God’s kingdom.

Susan said...

v.49 This is how it will be at the end of the age…

It will not be until the end of the age that we will see how successful or otherwise Christians have been in spreading the gospel.

Susan said...

v.52 Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Once the disciples understood (v.51) they needed to teach others.