13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down.
And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”
36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Did you ever consider...
The Seed Parable keeps growing? I always considered ok - seeds explained. If you've heard that enough - you've heard this. And really just like Jesus the Nazarene - Jesus loves to discuss real vineyards and real life. Jesus was even known to the people who wanted to detract from Him - as a drunkard.
And once this Life Loving, People Loving, World Saving - Jesus as God - gets rolling on the ideas of seeds - He takes Matthew's 13th Chapter far from seeds to :
What we should be able to see and hear in life.
That Hell is real.
Healing is real.
Heaven is within and opens arms to many. Because God dwells within us when invited.
Life reveals us.
And this Heaven of Jesus' starts as a seed and continues to crops, flour, yeast, revealing hearts, tree, branch, forests, Angels and the Gates of Heaven. From a seed.
What are we going to see? If we look to people for our affirmation - we are going to have a limited view. If we look to God - we are going to seeeeeeeeeeeee so far. God has all possibilities. Trust in God.
See God as Good.
If we believe we have a dour God. We just might have a dour god.
See God as the Goal.
If we believe we need to please people because this is always good. Remember God said to do this. Love God. Do His Will for your life. Love yourself. As a Child of God. Love others. God says put Him first. And in this framework we will find the steadfast reliability of Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Strength to have Joy and Encouragement.
See God as the Goodness He is.
How are we going to Pray? I am going to pray for the best. I learned in High School from a friend who is now an Anglican Priest - pray for patience and you will be surrounded with needs for Patience. Do I believe in a tricky God? No, I do not. I believe if I do not want to suffer and I tell God exactly why - God who is GOOD - has believed my honest heart. I have approached Father God in straight forward honesty. Love and Trust.
Wouldn't the Light of the World - be a seed of Light to start?
Love and Trust.
Every 500 years Our Father God moves Mightily.
Consider prayer, answered prayer and the Purposes of God the Almighty who speaks a Word and the Planets, Universe, stars, earth and Sun align.
We will begin this 500 year old parable with a seed.
What is GOD?
GOD IS THE GOOD NEWS that when you feel like you are oppressed, alone, maligned, broke, broken, ugly, and misunderstood to gossiped about.
HE IS God and He is Waiting for
Not exactly and yes.
For You. For you are so very, very dear and beloved to our Father and Jesus. Father would run to you.
Draws you to HIM.
Just as the Gospel of Luke starts out - Thee He Adores.
And on those days - when we plainly bite the wind and suck up with a bile personality
God Gives. Those who love you, that He gives you -
we don't offer you up.
In Jesus Christ and His steadfast committed love - we say he has a bad day, please see he is Worthy. Help him, Lord Father our God.
Jesus, God is the destination every day every hour.
HE IS THE GOOD NEWS!!!
Every 500 years Our Father God moves Mightily.
Consider prayer, answered prayer and the Purposes of God the Almighty.Yes Consider Katherine of Aragon, Princess of Spain, Wife to a Prince of Wales, Widow to a Prince of Wales and ...
married to Henry VIII.
Henry was apt to seduce or sleep with any willing woman. Calling himself God's anointed. Destroying the Monasteries feeding the Nation.
This is a living parable about MINISTRY. A life long project. Growing our soul to Father God who would run to you.
Katherine of Aragon was an earnest, lovely, Jesus woman - caught up in a serious political game and then married to two brothers and both the heir apparent to the Throne of England. She earnestly prayed for her young husband, her middle aged husband and old husband -for Henry to raise a son - to be like him ???
God had other plans. Mighty Plans.
No one, no one, no one doubts the history of Henry VIII
God took Katherine's prayers and made a Biblical analogy for today. Katherine dies in anguish of cancer of the heart. Abandoned, without a son heir. Impoverished. Rejoiced over in death.
Henry's court wears yellow to show the problem is dead - JOY.
Henry has taken all the monastery money - his nation - many starve to death. Many is a National average of starvation death of a shocking 1/3. The monasteries fed the people.
Henry is succeeded by his daughter who feared him the most.
Elizabeth I - who prays and writes hymns every day. God has heard the people.
Historical fact - Henry's body exploded from the coffin and was dropped as gangrene on the Windsor Chapel. And the stench of Henry led people to flee!!! Where people offered up thousands in currency to clean this up. Hours were taken as the court ran from the offer to clean up Henry VIII. The Court returned to find packs of dogs licked up his blood and ate him at the altar. A repeat of King Ahab.
Suffering Katherine of Aragon? She did. Flawed and holy.
God uses her life to show power and evil
Now consider Anne Boleyn the victim who won
and had revenge
And Justice. And so much so she was called Nan Bully.
Jane Seymour slyly sweep up from a friend
And died. Henry saw their son crumble into death.
Henry then hoped to re-marry Anne.
Anne of Cleves married an old age Henry and lived.
She quickly learned to keep her mouth shut, her words sweet and she lived. To escape.
Anne Howard -
oh boy this is the culture today.
She looked to Anne of Cleves - kept her mouth shut -did alllll she wanted to do
and died for this. She ended badly.
Katherine Parr. Katherine knew when there was evil nearby, do all you can to live in love.
She was afraid of Henry for good reason. She turned him down and he forced her to marry him. He said "You are overcome with the honor I do you. Straighten this face up to joy." He signed her death warrant later. God protected Katherine for her acts of love. Henry relapsed into gout and decided she could nurse him because she usually brought down his blood pressure and that worked.
When Henry was well - Katherine wasn't 20 and Henry knew she was a saint and made him look bad.
How are we going to apply this to today?
This is a seed parable of people encountering themselves and humility and difficulties.
What's in your wallet?
Our Beloved Jesus is always willing. Let us go willingly where Your Hope and Future would take us.
After we know our sins and flaws, let us keep our eyes on Jesus. When we look at what is good, noble, pure, willing - we will see life surrounds us with Love. Eyes on Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to broaden our hearts, arms and possibilities. Just in Prayer.
The Adventure of God works all things together for Good - for those who love the Lord Jesus and would work for His Purpose.
Jesus bless those we Love. Those You have Given us. This Nation. The communion of saints praying around the world.
God is our Strength, Love and Joy. Jesus the Lord is so Wonderful. Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †