Consider This…

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

In this week’s blog, I am still writing about the book of Matthew even though I am deep into the book of Mark so yes I am a little behind but examining the book of Matthew has become a pleasure and a joy. So let us proceed into chapter 13 of the book of Matthew.

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  Matthew 13:1-9

Then Christ Jesus said this about the parable.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 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. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

In short, Christ Jesus spreads the word and wisdom of God to all the people in the form of parables or short stories so that people would understand His teachings.

Later Christ Jesus explains to his disciples that the seeds represent the word of the kingdom those that do not understand the word are the hard soil. He also says that the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown. Those seeds that fall on the rocky soil are those that seem to accept the truth but as soon as difficulty strikes, they wither and fail. However, the seeds that fall in the good soil receive and understand the word and will grow and become productive.

I have to believe that all of chapter 13 of the book of Matthew is important because of the parables. I chose the above scriptures because I believe it is important that we Christians keep growing not only in our faith but in lifting the faith of our fellow Christians as well.

11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

If I had to describe chapter 13 I would call it either the parable chapter or the seed chapter. However, I would title chapter 14 of the book of Matthew as “Miracle 1 and Miracle 2 chapter”.

Miracle 1

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.  Matthew14:13-21

This is by far an easy miracle to understand in that five loaves of bread and two fish fed five thousand people is amazing.  I would also say that Christ Jesus healing hundreds of people to be also of miracles. Obviously I have erred in my miracle count as there are miracle1 is feeding the people and miracle 2 is healing hundreds of people.

Miracle 2

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-32

Miracle 3 is simple Christ Jesus walks on water, and miracle 4 is when Christ Jesus stepped onto the boat and the wind died down.

Remember:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)