MATTHEW 13

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Matthew 13:1-23

A FARMER’S PARABLE

 

THE PARABLE INTRODUCED – Vss. 1-9

THE PARABLE’S INTENT – Vss. 10-17

THE PARABLE INTERPRETED – Vss. 18-23

1.     THE DECEIVED – Vs. 19

2.     THE SHALLOW – Vss. 20-21

3.     THE CHOKED – Vs. 22

4.     THE PRODUCTIVE – Vs. 23

 

 

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Matthew 13:1-23

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

 

THE STORY PRESENTED Vss.1-9

THE SECRECY QUESTIONED AND EXPLAINED Vss. 10-17

The disciples wanted to know why Jesus spoke in parables. He explains why.

THE SOLUTION REVEALED Vss. 18-23

Jesus explains the parable and shows us 4 different types of ground or heart in which the Word of God is planted.

 

1. The Destitute Ground Vs. 19

2. The Deleted Ground - Vs. 20-21 - There is not enough depth in the soil to produce properly. A rocky ledge is underneath a little soil on top. There is not enough soil!

3. The Deceitful Ground - Vs. 22 - The soil looks like good soil, but there are thorns also in the soil.

4. The Delightful Ground - Vs. 23

 

 

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Matthew 13:19-23

WHICH HEART IS YOURS?

 

Jesus’ explanation of the sower and the soils (Matthew 13:3-9) leads us to ask what kind of heart we have for the reception of God’s Word.

 

AM I HARD-HEARTED?

Matthew 13:18-19 - Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] 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.

 

AM I HALF-HEARTED?

Matthew 13:20-21 - But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; [21] 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.

 

AM I HEAR-HEARTED? (Concerned for the affairs of this life and not the next.)

Matthew 13:22 - 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.

 

AM HEAVENLY- (or WHOLE-) HEARTED?   

Matthew 13:23 - 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.

 

 

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Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43

DOWN ON THE FARM

 

This parable by Jesus tells us why things are so bad in the world today, and why we shouldn't worry about the future.

 

GOOD SEED - Vss. 24, 37-38

Jesus is the sower of the good seed in the world.

 

GREAT EVIL - Vss. 25-26, 38-39

Satan is responsible for planting the weeds.

The good seed are born again Christians.

The evil seed are those without Christ. They are children of the Devil.

 

GRAVE REPORT - Vss. 27-28

The weeds are springing up with the good seed.

 

GENEROUS HARVEST - Vss. 29-30, 40-43

·        For the Fire (Hell) - Vss. 40-42

·        For the Barn (Heaven) - Vs. 43

 

 

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Matthew 13:53-58

HOMETOWN REJECTION

 

When I was a senior in high school I applied to two colleges. Paterson State was in my hometown of Wayne, NJ and Glassboro State, which was in the Southern part of the state.  I got the idea that people thought that Glassboro was a pretty good school, but "If you can't go to college, go to Paterson State," was the attitude about the hometown school.

 

I went to Glassboro, and over the years found that people in that area thought that Paterson State was a pretty good school. I also heard it said, "If you can't go to college, go to Glassboro State." The hometown schools got no respect.

 

Unfortunately, our Lord Jesus Christ ran into a similar problem.  Even though he was well received in other places, the hometown rejected him. 

 

MINDLESS OFFENSE - Vss. 53-57a - They were offended by Jesus for no good reason at all.

 

MEANINGFUL OBSERVATION - Vs. 57b - Prophets receive honor everywhere but home.

 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY - Vs. 58 - Jesus didn't do many mighty miracles there because of their unbelief. Imagine what they missed!

 

 

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Matthew 13:53-58

HOMETOWN CROWD

 

THEIR OBSERVATIONS – Vss. 54-56

THEIR OFFENCE – Vs. 57a

THEIR OBSTINACY – Vs. 57b

THEIR OMISSION – Vs. 58

They missed God’s best through their unbelief.

 

 

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Matthew 13:53-58

IN THE HOME TOWN

 

JESUS REVEALED HIMSELF AS TEACHER – Vss. 53-54

JESUS WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF FAMILIARITY – Vss. 54-57

JESUS RESTRICTED HIS MIRACLES BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF – Vss. 57-58

 

 

 

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