Matthew 13- Preaching In Parables

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13

People often ask the question “Why did Jesus speak in parables”? In our scripture reading today, Jesus actually answers this question. This reminds me of when Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus in “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12)

Jesus is saying to Nicodemus , I’m trying to explain things to you in an Earthly context and you can’t understand, how can you possibly understand things about Heaven, of course I’m totally paraphrasing this, but this is the point. People will often say “Why doesn’t Jesus just tell us things directly, well simply because our human minds couldn’t comprehend Heaven

Jesus is trying to “dumb” things down for us in a language we can understand. Think about if you ever taught a Sunday School class or taught children. You don’t typically speak to children like you do adults because they don’t understand what your saying. You have to water things down, use figurative language that children could understand, Jesus was doing the same thing with us. 

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 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. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Matthew 13:14-17

The Messiah speaking in Parables shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, this was foretold by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6) Jesus affirms this in his teaching. As the prophet Isaiah says “Be ever hearing, but never understanding, Be ever seeing, but never perceiving” Think about the religious leaders , they knew the scriptures from memory yet they didn’t know Christ. Without Jesus , you can never understand The Bible and never understand the Kingdom of God

When you read the parables of Christ, think about it from a spiritual perspective. Jesus is trying to reveal the Kingdom of God to you in a story, embrace the blessed parables Amen!

Matthew 13- Parable of The Sower

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:3-9

When we talk about evangelism, it’s interesting how different people respond or react to the same gospel message. Jesus explains this in a parable, he compares people to different soils. Some have stony ground, some let the seed fall to the wayside, some receive the gospel but let the world choke out its hope, and then some have good soil and the gospel message takes root

Now Jesus is referring to the Word of God to a seed. This is why we are commanded to “Preach the gospel to everyone” (Matthew 28:19) because the gospel is a seed, and for those elect it will take root and bring people to repentance and salvation. While others whose hearts are hardened will reject the gospel and it won’t take any root in them at all. Those who receive the gospel will also produce fruit (Matthew 7) the evidence of the Holy Spirit. Let those who have spiritual discernment hear!

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:18-23

Jesus actually explains this parable for us, Satan is continually trying to make the Word of God irrelevant. Why? Because Satan knows the Word of God is truth and will set you free. So we see in today’s world, they want to say the Bible is “outdated” or the Bible is “hateful” or “offensive” As Paul said “The message of the cross is foolishness to anyone who is perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

There are those who will receive the Word of God, but then they go through a hardship or trial, and then they blame it on God. So they reject the gospel message because they are not living their best life now, our best life is to come in Gods Kingdom. This is the danger and blasphemy of “Prosperity Gospel” generates more false converts than saves anyone

Then you have those who receive the gospel, but they care more about the world than they care about God. As Jesus said “What does it profit you to gain the whole world and lose your soul” (Mark 8:36) 

But there are some , the elect, who will receive the gospel and produce good fruit (Matthew 7) This is why it’s important we continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19) even when the majority of the world will reject it, Amen!

Matthew 12- Children of God

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.  Matthew 12:46-50

Here we see Jesus use an incident as a teaching moment of the New Covenant. Mary, the mother of Jesus , and his brothers were looking for Jesus to talk to him. Instead of Jesus immediately acknowledging them, he was teaching us what it meant to be a true Child of God. Some would argue that Jesus was being rude or disrespectful to his mother, however from the gospels we know Jesus and Mary had a very strong relationship, and that is not the case here

Jesus asks the question “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Now from a biological sense we know the answer, but Jesus is speaking from a spiritual sense. Christ is trying to teach us that we are Children of God through Him (Christ). Just as the Jews are not saved by their bloodline, we are not Children of God by our bloodline either. We must become Born Again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) We can’t be Children of God, without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit

Jesus said “Whoever does the will of My Father (God) , which is in heaven, is my brother, sister, and mother” What is the will of God the Father? That everyone receives Christ and becomes saved (Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9) Outside of that Will , you are not a Child of God, outside of Jesus Christ, you can’t be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)

Let me take this one more step further, there is a misconception that everyone is automatically a Child of God. This is not Biblical, we are all made in the Image of God (Genesis 1:27) however we are not all Children of God unless we are Born Again in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28)

Atheists are not Children of God, Muslims are not Children of God, you can only be a Child of God if you are Born Again (John 3:3) Nobody can come to the Father (God) except through Christ (John 14:6) We can’t stand before a Holy God unless we become regenerated or Born Again. Many people claim to know God without Christ, but God doesn’t know them. 

Who are the Children of God? They are the ones who do the Will of The Father, what is the will of The Father? That everyone receives Christ and becomes Born Again (John 3:3), Amen!

Matthew 12- Spiritual Warfare

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. Matthew 12:43-45

As the Bible says “ A natural man can’t understand spiritual things “ (1 Corinthians 2:14) As we look at the scriptures today, you can’t comprehend what is happening here unless you are seeing it through spiritual eyes. Many people, even Christians today, don’t believe in the supernatural world, they don’t believe in Angels or Demons, they don’t believe they have a soul, so how can they comprehend what Jesus is teaching here now?

The supernatural realm is just as real as the natural world, demons are actively working all around you trying to destroy your soul. When we look around at this world today, you have to wonder how there is so much evil? How are people this depraved? It’s because they are under demonic influence. The Bible says “Satan is like a roaring lion looking to devour you” (1 Peter 5:8) If you deny the existence of Satan and his demons, they will devour you and pull your soul down to Hell with them. We are all in a Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6) we are not fighting against flesh and blood, we are fighting against the demonic forces of Satan

Jesus tells us “When demons leave a person, they come back with seven more demons even more wicked than the first” Christ is warning us to “Stay Alert” you are in a spiritual warfare. We need to stay in prayer, we need to stay in the Word of God, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Neglect of practicing these things will leave you as a lamb to the slaughter. The world is so depraved, because they are not only under the influence of demons, they are filled with demons. Many non saved people are possessed with demons and don’t even realize it

This is why we must become Born Again (John 3:3) Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again , you can’t see the Kingdom of Heaven” You need to be baptized and sealed with the Holy Spirit. You need to be regenerated from your sinful self, as we stated earlier the natural man can’t comprehend spiritual things. You can’t know God without the Holy Spirit

Failure to heed these warnings not only will leave you dead in your sins (Ephesians 2) but also leave you to be devoured by Satan and his demons. The spiritual war for your soul is real, Heaven is real, Hell is real, Satan and demons are real, you must become Born Again and get the Armor of God (Ephesians 6) on to stand against Satan, Amen!