Good morning! Today begins our journey through Matthew chapter 13 the parables. I absolutely love the parables. Enjoy!
“Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” – Matthew 13:1-9 NLT
Here we read Jesus’ earthly ministry was growing and he was teaching more than the disciples. As Jesus begins to unfold the parable we can see there are four types of seeds:
- seeds fell on a footpath v.4
- seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock v.5
- seeds fell among thorns v.7
- seeds fell on fertile soil v.8
Each type had a different result. Which seed are you today? What seed do you desire to be?
Father God, your word is true. Lord, thank you for ears to hear. Lord, help us to obedient and listen to your word. Lord, touch our hearts and our minds to understand what you are teaching us through these parables. Lord, may your perfect peace be with us as we surrender our own will and lives to you. Lord, we want to be like the seeds that fell on fertile soil. Lord, we want to glorify your name. Lord, keep us planted in good soil. Lord, lead us and nurture us as you stretch our faith. Lord, as you whisper to us, Lord don’t let us be fearful of your call. Lord, let us be like Samuel when he said,“Speak, for your servant is listening.”(1 Samuel 3:10 NIV). Lord, we need your guidance and direction like never before, teach us your ways and lead us in the way you should have us go. Lord, don’t let us be distracted by the schemes of evil people. Lord, you have power and authority over all of them and everything – so teach us how to remain humble servants and in prayer for our nation, our families, our friends & neighbors, our co-workers and brothers & sisters in the faith. Lord, may we not be a house divided but one’s whose foundation is built on the Lord. Lord, we trust you and we surrender our day to you. Your will be done. In Jesus name, amen!
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