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MATTHEW CHAPTER 13

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1-4 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2 And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach. 3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 

 

Mat 13-1,2

(143k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His words

Mat 13,3-9

(225h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about seeds -- These verses go with verses 18-33. Some postulate that seeds that fell on the good soil are the only ones getting saved, while others interpret the seeds that fell alongside the road the only ones not getting saved. In each case the soil represents a state of heart. Some seeds fell beside the road and the person considered the word for a moment and then discounted it. shortly after, demon forces came and picked the word from his brain. Some fell on rocky places and sprouted and later died from a lack of depth. Some fell among thorns and were choked of sunlight. Finally, some fell in good soil and grew to produce much fruit. The two middle instances are people getting saved and then falling away from the faith. The soil where every seed lands is like a poker hand. The deck is shuffled to increase randomness. The dealer divvies the same number of cards to each person; though all the cards are different, one receives a good hand, while others receive a lesser hand, while another receives a poor hand. People are dealt their hand when they are born and raised in a family they didn’t choose. They are given a set of circumstances over which they had no control, and then they are called to produce fruit where they are planted and do the most with what they were given. Some plants actually succeed in growing on rocky soil, though their percentage rates are very low, which was Jesus’ point. If their roots can find a crack in the rock where it can burrow to the precious moisture, and if the rock happens to be limestone that was formed from the dead bodies of plants and animals collected on the bottom of an extinct sea holding many minerals, it stands a better chance of growing. Plus, it has sturdiness in the rock to hold it in place during violent storms.

(229e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> Kingdom grows like crops in a farmer’s field -- These verses go with verses 24-30. The fact about thorns is that they are weeds, which are more robust and grow faster than fruit-bearing plants. This is why fruit-bearing plants need a farmer to protect them from the more competitive weeds that would steal sunlight that the fruit-bearing plants need to grow. Making things worse, fruit-bearing plants need more sunlight than weeds, because it expends large amounts of energy producing fruit that takes from the plant’s ability to grow above the weeds, minimizing its ability to compete for sunlight. Thus, fruit-bearing plants carry an extra burden that weeds are not required to carry, requiring the farmer to give it an edge over the weeds, but Jesus’ parable is about a man randomly tossing seed without the benefit of a farmer. Where it lands is where it grows.

Mat 13,3-8

(128k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life is a way of survival – God asks us to do what we can with what we have been given. According to the parable, the only seed that did any good was planted in good soil, and that is the way it usually goes. The plant that does well on rocky soil is one seed in a million, whereas the percentage of seeds that bear fruit in the good soil are exponentially higher, but that doesn’t mean we should give up because we have been given a circumstance that is less than ideal. If we give God our lives, no matter what situation we find ourselves, He can make us grow and bear fruit for Him. At the judgment, the one who grew where he was planted on rocky soil may be rewarded more than the one who bore twice as much in good soil. People care only about results, whereas God takes our circumstances into account.

Mat 13-4

(168i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf to the word of God from a lack of understanding -- This verse goes with verse 14. Jesus told the Pharisees and Scribes many things about God and about themselves in just how far off the mark they had strayed, and every word Jesus said to them they discarded, and the demons came and snatched the word from their hearts. The evangelist can actually watch this in action when he preaches Jesus to people and observes their response, if they know the word of God well enough and can recognize the signs, they will see these very things occurring in many of the people they meet who reject the gospel. They don’t just reject the knowledge of God, they also reject the moment it was presented to them, as though the experience never happened, like going back and erasing the moment they heard about Jesus, yet in the back of their minds somewhere the memory still exists, and God will bring this to the fore on Judgment Day and show them that they actually heard the word of God but rejected it, and they won’t be able to deny it.

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5-10 "Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 "But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 "Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 "And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 "He who has ears, let him hear." 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"

 

Mat 13,5-7

(202d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God through a lack of character -- These verses go with verses 20-22

Mat 13-5,6

(6f) Responsibility >> Being spiritual >> Ministering to God >> Obey His word – The root system represents our relationship with God, the part that is unseen, and the plant aboveground represents our ministry toward people. The way God would have it, our relationship with people should not exceed our relationship with God, but some forget about their ministry toward God and concentrate only on their ministry toward people, and it ultimately becomes their downfall. The roots need to burrow deep into the soil to find water, combining the sun’s benefit with the underground nutrients and moisture to ensure the plant’s health.

(98b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Plant the word deeply in your heart -- These verses go with verses 20&21. In the rocky places the plants immediately sprang-up, because they had no depth of soil. When a seed begins to sprout, the plan is to grow down and up at the same time in equal amounts. A tree’s root system takes on a form similar to what we see aboveground, but when a seed sprouts on rocky soil, the roots cannot grow downward, so all its energy is forced upward. To the observer it appears healthy and growing fast, but given what the plant wants, it would invest more of its energy to produce a healthy root system. Outwardly, everything seems fine, but beneath the ground the root system is underdeveloped. The plant needs sunlight, but sunlight only hastens its death, for at midday the sun scorches the plant and its leaves begin to whither.

Mat 13-8,9

(194b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to Jesus when He calls for you -- These verses go with verse 23. Remember the words that Jesus said, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Note that every seed that the sower sowed, whether along the road, on the rocky soil, among the thorns or in the good soil, they all died, but only one produced fruit, because it died in faith. You are going to die anyway, so you might as well die in faith so you can reproduce your faith in God.

Mat 13-8

(218g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest from the word of God -- This verse goes with verse 23. The seeds represent reaping the harvest of God’s word, as we dedicate ourselves to Him. The seed that fell on good soil, produced thirty percent of its potential, some sixty and some a hundred. Many people don’t make full use of God’s grace that He has availed to them. Instead they fritter away their life with meaningless activities that they consider more important than serving God. Note in this parable of the sower, the seed that fell on the road didn’t grow at all; the seed that fell on rocky soil and among thorns grew for a little while and then died, and the seed that fell on the good soil was the only seed that grew to maturity. The question is, ‘Are we in good soil?’ If so, the next question is, ‘Are we producing thirty percent of our potential, sixty or a hundred?’ To what degree have we committed our lives to the purpose of God, and how much of our lives are dedicated to pointlessness and worldly interests? This thirty, sixty and a hundred percent represents how much time we have spent on the trail of good works that God has specifically prepared for each person. He has a purpose in mind for us, and some people accomplish His purpose thirty percent, some sixty and others one hundred percent, and this will be the level of reward we will receive in heaven after we meet Christ for the first time, who He says, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master” (Mat 25-23). On that day the person who produced thirty percent of his potential will regret he didn’t produce sixty, and the one who produced sixty will regret he didn’t produce a hundred. Don’t we want to enter eternity without regrets?

Mat 13-9

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 43. Jesus made this statement seven times in chapters two and three of Revelation, accentuating its significance, speaking to the Church in the last days, suggesting that the hearing ear will be our greatest asset, getting us through the great tribulation. If we happen to be born in the last days, those are the circumstances we have been given, and if we develop the hearing ear, no matter what the circumstances, God will have the opportunity to perform miracles in us and through us, simply because He can communicate with us. If He can’t communicate with us, how will we ever know what He wants us to do? Another guarantee of the hearing ear is that we are willing to do whatever He says, being this is how we maintain the hearing ear. A person who will not do what God tells them will quickly grow deaf to His voice; like animals that live in a cave, their eyes grow blind from disuse. So if a person never uses His spiritual ears, he will grow deaf, which is the worst thing that could happen to us in the last days. We need to hear the voice of God, and if we can do that, it doesn’t matter if we have a million dollars or a stash of gold and silver, or guns and ammunition. It doesn’t matter if we have tons of food stored; if we can hear the voice of God, we have everything we need. God probably will not use any of these other things, just by the fact that He never told us in the Bible to stash them in preparation for the last days. If we have the hearing ear, we will never get around to eating that food or spending that money or shooting those guns. God has other plans for us in the last days that we would never guess in a million years. There is no need to plan for anything, because there are no instructions in the Bible to do so, except to develop the hearing ear. God will instruct His people when that time comes, so there is no need to prepare. The only thing we need to prepare is our hearts.

Mat 13,10-17

(222g) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God shares no intimacy with dogs >> God does not speak to dogs

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11-17 Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.' 16 "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 "For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

 

Mat 13,11-15

(221f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides behind man’s slowness of heart -- Some people accuse God of being insensitive and evil for not revealing Himself to everyone, but the truth is: not everyone wants to know God. How could God be evil for not revealing Himself to someone who doesn't want to know Him? Isn't He doing the person a favor by granting the person his wish? God will work with us in whatever we decide to do. If we dedicate our life to seeking Him, then He will help us find Him, and if we dedicate our life to avoiding Him, He will help us not find Him. There is a difference between speaking in parables to fulfill Old Testament prophecy, and saying things He didn’t expect them to understand, simply because they would not have believed even if they comprehended His word. The people heard what Jesus said, but they didn’t understand; they could repeat His parables and stories, but they were unable to provide the meaning. The fact that the Jews knew what He said is all that really mattered to Jesus; whether they understood was up to the individual. If they were willing to recognize that Jesus Christ portrayed the characteristics of their Messiah promised from the Old Testament, they could go to Him for an explanation, and He would have happily explained everything to them. In this way he separated those who understood from those who didn’t, based on faith and conviction, not based on intellectual ability.

Mat 13-11

(219c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God has chosen us

(231f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Revelation of Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom >> Jesus reveals the mystery of the kingdom – God grants some people to know about His mysterious ways, but to others they have not been granted. This is Jesus speaking in terms of His Father’s foreknowledge and predestination in regard to the elect. Jesus personally didn’t think in these terms, but the Father understands all things as an infinite and eternal being. To the Father everything has already been done; there are no mysteries to Him. Part of the excitement of life is not knowing the future; He enjoys watching us live out our lives. If we knew the future, it wouldn’t be fun. This is partly the reason kids have more fun than adults. We understand better how things work, and we teach children what we know, yet the more they learn, the less mysterious the world seems to them. Some people think that when we get to heaven we will know all things like God, but that would wreck everything! Mysteries, not just solving them but also the fact that they exist, are the joy of life. Some of the mysteries that will never be solved are the greatest mysteries of all, and the most unsolvable mystery is God Himself.

Mat 13-12

(36a) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> To him who has shall more be given – This is one of the few principles of the kingdom that applies also to the world. The one who has money finds it easier to make more money, but the one who has very little finds it difficult to make any at all. Some say the person who has little substance from the kingdom is God’s fault, since He is in charge of divvying out His gifts. Did God give much to one and not to another, and then complain about how little some people have? How could God find fault with the person who has very little if He is the one responsible for what he has? On the contrary, this verse is clearly holding those accountable who are spiritually bankrupt, suggesting that there was something they could have done about it, that if they didn’t possess the substance of the kingdom, it is their fault. He even explained the process by which we obtain this substance from heaven. Paul said in Rom 12-3 that God has allotted to each a measure of faith; to one He has given much and to another He has given less. God has given us a seed on the day of our salvation, as Peter said in 1Pet 1-23, and the implication of the seed is that it should grow and mature. As an example, God created Adam to be a farmer, so when we get saved, it is the beginning process of God reverting us back to His original plan for Adam. Paul did say that God placed in each of us varying measures of faith, but that varying measure over time is superceded by our ability as farmers to nurture what God has given us, so the one who has received little can produce much, and the one who has received a greater measure may not have nurtured what he received, but even let it die. The person who has yielded a harvest will obviously receive more, but if we are not faithful, He not only won’t give us anymore; He may even recall what He has given us.

(222j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> Give to him who has >> Take from him who does not have -- This principle of the kingdom is a principle that is also prevalent in the world. There are some with millions of dollars, and there are others who barely scrape by from one week to the next. (Chances are, you are one of the "have-nots" in the eyes of a millionaire.) You don't know how they have so much money, and you suppose that anyone can get saved whenever they want just like you did. If this is true, then go earn a million dollars; if you can't, then maybe the millionaire can't get saved either because of the common principle that is at work in both kingdoms.

(249h) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Being rich in Jesus -- This verse goes with verses 44-46

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Mat 13-14,15

(168i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf to the word of God from a lack of understanding -- This verse goes with verse 19. The key word is “deny”. We could almost say there are only two things that occur in the spiritual realm: receiving the gospel of Christ or else denying it. “Rejection” refers to refusal, but “deny” refers to playing mental games to pretend they never heard the word of God in the first place. This is for conscience sake, and it is very bizarre behavior, explaining why denying Christ is always accompanied by demons. Both denying and receiving Christ are spiritual acts, so when we preach Jesus to somebody, we know the spiritual realm is about to become active in the person one way or the other. Most people dedicate their whole lives to believing in secularism, so when we preach Jesus to them, they reject the knowledge, and if we bring the gospel to them in power so that the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to impact them, they will deny the experience as a whole, or else they will receive the gospel and be saved.

Mat 13-14

(169f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Willful blindness 

Mat 13-15

(74l) Thy kingdom come >> Let not your heart be hardened >> Insensitive to the things of God

(196j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Sleeping in the spirit

 

18&19 "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 the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 

 

Mat 13,18-33

(225h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about seeds -- These verses go with verses 36-43

Mat 13,18-23

(128i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Be fruitful and multiply >> Growing spiritually – Believers represented by the seed that fell in rocky places never develop a firm root. They try to do good, but the moment persecution comes because of the very word that saved them, they fall away. Many believers who try to obey the Bible still don’t know the first thing about God’s specific will regarding their purpose and calling in life. These are considered linear Christians, whereas those who walk by the Spirit are living by the power of God are dynamic Christians, who produce fruit at an exponential rate. The linear Christian has a one-to-one correlation with his efforts; to the degree that he tries is the rate of his fruit, but the Christian who obeys the Holy Spirit, who knows his purpose and calling from God and is busy fulfilling it, generates exponential results. He is like the man operating the backhoe, who pulls certain levers and digs a hole far deeper than he could with a shovel. The person who obeys the Holy Spirit does things that produce fruit for the kingdom everywhere he goes. When he opens his mouth and speaks the word of God, the things he says are timely and heartrending. He is in touch with God, who is setting him free and delivering him from the sins that held him in bondage throughout his life. Over time, God leads him from the darkness of his flesh and from the demonic spirits associated with certain sins, so he can hear the Holy Spirit all the better. In contrast, the believer who received the word among thorns almost never obeys God’s voice; he is afraid of Him; he wants to stay at arm’s length, but Christianity simply doesn’t work that way, any more than marriage does. How then is God leading him?

(207g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Investing in the Kingdom of God -- These verses go with verse 33

Mat 13-19

(168i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf to the word of God from a lack of understanding -- This verse goes with verse 4. When we tell unbelievers about Jesus who have no interest in being converted and living for Jesus and going to heaven, they don’t want to believe it, so they push the knowledge of the gospel from their minds, and the demons snatch it from their hearts so later they can’t believe and be saved. If they wanted to reconsider, they couldn’t because the word had been taken from them; it is no longer available; this is called denial. They would have to wait for Jesus to tell them again, but as He said about the Holy Spirit, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3-8). With many people, they only hear the word of God a handful of times in their whole lives, and if they jettison the word they heard, the demons will discard it, and there is no telling if they will ever have another opportunity to believe in Jesus.

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20-23 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."

 

Mat 13,20-22

(202d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God through a lack of character -- These verses go with verses 5-7. People loose their faith in one of two ways: either by running to their sinful nature or by running from obeying God. Those who loose their faith as a result of a lack of character are those whom seed was sown on rocky soil; they lack the confidence in what they believe, and the jolts of life causes them to drop the ball. Those who loose their faith as a result of disobedience are those whom seed was sown among the thorns; the enticement of the world is too great a temptation for them and they trade their faith in the truth for the temporal desires of deception.

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth – The disciples once asked Jesus, “Who can be saved?” and His answer was… “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mat 19-25,26). Our efforts to get saved and stay saved are nearly futile, for it is up to God to save us and to keep us in His hand and protect our faith from evil (2Tim 1-12). We all sin a lot, but we repent and are forgiven. These are not the things that concern our faith; John said, “There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this” (1Jn 5-16). We are not even to pray for such a one who commits this sin. It is not wise to dedicate our prayers to those who regularly disregard the Holy Spirit.

Mat 13-20,21

(98b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Plant the word deeply in your heart -- These verses go with verses 5&6. Oftentimes the voice we hear in our heart is our conscience, which is different from the Holy Spirit. God speaks to our conscience, and if we disobey him on this level it is not good, but it doesn’t necessarily spell disaster. However, there are other times when He speaks directly to us by His Spirit, and this is when we must pay special attention and do what He says, for the benefits and consequences are far greater. What He directly says to us usually doesn’t pertain to sin, but to His purpose, and to deny His calling will eventually lead to the death of our faith. Hearing His voice and doing what He says bolsters our faith. By this we find ourselves in the middle of His will with His Spirit is all around us. We become one with Him, and our lives model after the word He has spoken to us.

(170j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Back-sliders are temporary

(243a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Reacting to persecution >> Falling away through persecution

Mat 13-22

(93n) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on the circumstances of this life

(182k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Deceitfulness of riches – We can preach the gospel, but no one has the power to reveal the truth to another person. Many cannot hear the meaning of God’s word from the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches, that is, from the pursuit of happiness coupled with the fear of losing it. Beware of temporal happiness that money buys and the fear of poverty that money cannot avert. These two things keep people from understanding the word of God, not one or the other but both. The poor fear their poverty and the rich are deceived by their money. Moreover, the poor are jealous of the rich and worry about their present circumstances, while the rich love their money and fear death. By these forces the gospel goes overlooked.

(249j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world's wealth erodes good values >> The world’s wealth is deceitful

Mat 13-23

(194b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to Jesus when He calls for you -- This verse goes with verses 8&9. The man whom seed was sown in good soil hears the word and understands it. This is not the case with the one who’s seed was sown among the thorns, because he was too busy worrying about the things of the world, too deceived by wealth to stop for a minute and think about what God is saying. He heard the word but not the meaning of it. Anyone can hear the word but hearing the meaning of it comes from God only. It goes back to what Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (1Cor 3-6). One man preaches the gospel, another teaches it, but God is in the background appending the meaning to His word. We are in charge of preaching the word, but God is in charge of conveying it. We can contemplate the Scriptures and accurately interpret the Bible still without spiritually understanding it. Man teaches the syllables of Scripture, while God provides the meaning of it, and if the Holy Spirit doesn’t reveal His word, then we don’t know it.

(218g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest from the word of God -- This verse goes with verses 31&32

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24-30 Jesus presented another parable to 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 tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 "But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27 "The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28 "And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' 29 "But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."'

 

Mat 13,24-30

(159c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit Christian -- These verses go with verses 38&39. It is instructive to note the sequence in the last days according to this passage; Jesus indicated that first sin would be judged, and then the saints would be comforted, which flies in the face of the pre-tribulation rapture theory that says the saints will first be removed, and then judgment will come to the wicked. The righteous must wait till the end of the age for God to uproot the wicked; what better place to hide from God's judgment than among the saints. Almost everything in the Bible, if it is not meant for a specific time, refers to two distinct periods, one in the Church's inception, and the other in the last days. Jesus here was prophesying that in the last days the Church would be overrun by sinners posturing as saints. It will be an unsettling time for the Church, always questioning who is friend and who is foe. As an analogy, cowbirds don’t raise their own young but lay their eggs in another bird’s nest and make other species raise their young. The cowbird chick often grows larger than the native chicks, taking nutrients from them, often causing them to die of starvation or else kicking them from the nest. This is what has happened in our churches with so many unbelievers in the assembly. Jesus said, “An enemy has done this.”

(207f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Children of God’s kingdom -- These verses go with verses 37-43

(229e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> Kingdom grows like crops in a farmer’s field -- These verses go with verses 3-9. Plant the mustard seed and it will grow larger than all the other garden plants; in fact, it is so large that we wouldn’t want to plant it where it would shade the garden plants, but to the side where we may set a bench. It benefits many species of animals; the birds nest in its branches and gives shade to the animals and other plant species that grow under a canopy.

Mat 13-30

(47b) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> burning site where people are thrown away – This verse goes with verses 37-42

(50d) Judgment >> Last Days >> Great Endtime Revival >> Jews lead the world into revival >> Leading the harvest at the end of the age

(167k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world’s unbelief – Jesus said that an enemy had sown tares among the wheat while His men were asleep, referring to unbelievers in the Church, apostasy and spiritual laziness. Also, there is a connection between the tares among the wheat and the parable of the Ten Virgins, for they too all fell asleep? God has commanded His people to be separate from the world though He has not personally separated us from the world. The way of the Church with the world is like oil and water; they naturally separate. In the field of chemistry, companies that make food products add a chemical to a combination of water and oil to make them compatible so they don’t separate, called an emulsifier; this seems to have happened to Christianity. This spiritual emulsifier is called leaven and works in a lukewarm environment.

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest in eternity -- This verse goes with verses 41-43

(237c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Rapture is delayed – At the time of the harvest, He told the reapers, which are angels, to “first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather my wheat into my barn.” Here is the sequence of events that will occur in the last days: He will deal with the wicked first, and then He will gather His people together, but what does the Church teach these days? It says that the Rapture is the very first thing to happen, and then He will judge with the world. Jesus spoke opposite of what the Church teaches. Peter said that in the days of Noah the wicked were drowned; God judged the world through a flood, but in the last days He will judge them with fire. When we look at the plagues that are listed mostly in the book of Revelation, it says that the Two Witnesses will prevent rain from falling on the earth throughout the days of their prophesying (3½ years); that will cause everything to dry up and burn, meaning no food. Meanwhile, Christians will still be here, yet God has a plan to protect the saints from His judgments on the wicked, just as He had a plan to protect the Israelites during His judgments against Egypt in the days of Moses. He commanded them to remain in the land of Goshen, where the plagues did not go. If they remained there, they would be safe. This is what God intends to do in the last days; He will prepare a place for His people, where He will provide for them as God did for the Israelites in the wilderness, while He judges the world after man has martyred thousands of Christians.

 

31-34 He presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES." 33 He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened." 34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.

 

Mat 13,31-33

(225a) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The Kingdom of God is in your spirit

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Mat 13-31,32

(218g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest from the word of God -- These verses go with verse 8. The Kingdom of God in the Church currently appears small and insignificant compared to the kingdoms of this world, but given time the kingdoms of this world will all disappear, leaving only the Kingdom of God, which in eternity will grow infinitely larger and more significant than all the kingdoms of this world combined throughout human history. The mustard seed represents the idea that man is sinful and needs to be saved, and Jesus came for the express purpose of doing just that, dying for our sins that we might be acceptable to Him, that heaven might receive us, and that we might live forever with God. The world has many ideas, each one representing a different type of seed, but when sown becomes a weed, whereas God’s idea in the eyes of the world is very small and seemingly immaterial, yet when it is sown becomes a useful plant: it is a shade plant for birds and animals. Jesus is teaching that the Christian who is planted in good soil grows to become greater than all the other plants around him, creating an ecosystem that surrounds the tree, attracting many species that benefit from its unique qualities that it freely offers. The farmer must be careful where he plants the mustard seed, so it doesn’t shade his garden. It is a good plant to have near a garden, because it draws birds and other creatures to it that help eat the pests that would attack his garden.

Mat 13-33

(132k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Holy Spirit is in the hearts of men

(207g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Investing in the Kingdom of God -- This verse goes with verses 44-50

(229a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom slowly spreads and overtakes darkness -- This parable is a good likeness of how the word of God works in our hearts. God places His Kingdom at the very center of our being, and it changes us from the inside-out. He doesn't just change our mind but changes our constitution from unleavened to leavened. It is not an instantaneous transformation, but one that occurs over time, at night, in the process of fighting dragons, after which we are no longer the same person. We change by the decisions we make and by the things we do. This in turn changes people and circumstances, making us an influence in the world, which slowly spreads and overtakes darkness.

(246a) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Spirit realm superimposed upon the natural realm >> The outside is a manifestation of the inside – Normally, the Bible uses leaven to represent sin, but Jesus said in this special case it represents the Kingdom of Heaven. God plants His Holy Spirit in our heart, like the woman placed leaven in the center of a lump of dough and left it there overnight, and in the morning she found that the dough was leavened from the inside-out. What transpired inwardly manifested outwardly. This is God’s plan and purpose for each of us that we would grow throughout our lives as Christians with the goal of manifesting the work that God is doing in our hearts. If it never manifests, then it is not real; this is the way God thinks. “God is Spirit,” but He made a physical world, as it says in Heb 11-3, “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” That which is unseen has made that which is seen, the spiritual manifested the natural. This is what God wants us to do in each of us. He wants the spiritual realm that He planted in us to manifest through the members of our bodies to produce the fruit of the Spirit and fulfill the plan and purpose He has destined for us.

Mat 13-34,35

(108i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the mysteries of God – The parables Jesus spoke represented knowledge from God that had been hidden since the foundation of the world. We can imagine people walking the earth over the millennia who wondered about the mysterious thoughts in the mind of God, and they must have wondered what God thought about them, and then Jesus came and told us.

 

35-38 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD." 36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field." 37 And He said, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 

 

Mat 13-35

(141c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the Son of God

Mat 13,36-43

(225h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about the garden of the kingdom >> Parables about seeds -- These verses go with verses 3-9

Mat 13,37-43

(172a) Tares Among The Wheat (Key verse)

(172d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> Worldliness in the Church – When sinners persecute the gospel, it flourishes, and if they martyr the evangelist, it flourishes all the more. God uses the good and the evil to advance His agenda; the more persecution, the more the gospel spreads and the more people believe in Jesus and are rescued “from this present evil age” (Gal 1-4). The greatest threat to the gospel is during good times when people are free to believe in Jesus; these are times when the gospel should be spreading like wildfire; instead, it is when the devil sows tares among the wheat. The truth of the gospel is maligned and becomes less believable, fewer people are interested, and the gospel goes to the wayside, until persecution returns, and then the gospel flourishes again.

(207f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Children of God’s kingdom -- These verses go with verses 24-30

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Mat 13,37-42

(47b) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> burning site where people are thrown away – These verses go with verses 47-51. Jesus didn’t tell anyone that He was the Son of God except his closest disciples to avoid expediting His crucifixion. To be saved we must understand that Jesus was the Son of God; he was more than a martyred prophet like the other prophets. When they murdered Him, God used His death as a measuring stick by which He would judge mankind from Adam to the last generation. Jesus came and died for the sins of mankind for the sake of those who would inherit eternal life, and also for the sake of those who would reject Him, giving God a reason to create a hell; now, everyone who goes there is without excuse. Had Jesus not come and given His life for the sins of the world, those in hell would feel justified condemning God as an ogre. In fact, had Jesus not come and given His life, God could not prove that He was better than those He sent to hell, but now that Jesus has come and paid the penalty for the sins of man, paying for the sins even of those who would reject Him; He paid for the right to eternally judge them. Now when God sends them to hell, they will have no excuse. Now they understand as an absolute fact that this really is their place and that they don't belong anywhere else. Angst: a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish (Dictionary.com). “Angst” is a shortened version of anxiety. Those in hell are miserable; but if they were in heaven, they would possibly feel worse. The true misery of hell is the fact that they belong there.

Mat 13-38,39

(159c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit Christian -- These verses go with verses 24-30

 

39-43 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40 "So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41 "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 "Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

 

Mat 13,39-42

(15j) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> In regard to the world – Pre-tribulation Rapture advocates complain about this passage that it says God intends to first gather the tares to be burned before He gathers the wheat into His barn. Their doctrine claims that the Rapture will occur as the first of endtime prophecy to be fulfilled, and for God to gather all stumbling blocks first conflicts with their doctrine. When we look at the sequence of endtime events, this verse specifically says that the Rapture will not occur as the first prophecy to be fulfilled. Instead, God intends to leave the Church here while He gathers the tares in bundles in preparation to be burned, referring to judgment against the wicked for martyring the saints during the first five seals. Satan’s wrath refers to the period of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, but there will be a judgment after this when men will die at the hand of God in His dreadful Trumpet judgments. The Church will be here to see God use His angels to loose demons on His enemies in forms of wickedness that defy the imagination. Since they worship demons, God will give them demons, and they will emerge from the earth to kill one third of mankind who received the mark of the beast. After this, God will Rapture His people, only because the bowls that follow will be so severe there will be no place on hiding place on earth for His people.

Mat 13,40-42

(49h) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The last days >> The day of judgment (Armageddon) – Armageddon will occur after the world population has been chiseled to a mere fraction of its former numbers. Most of mankind at that time will be huddled together in the Middle East, where biblical activities usually occur. It is where man began his reign on earth, and it is where it will end. This war of Armageddon refers to the event of God destroying his enemies who have come to make war with Him, while on their way to destroy Jerusalem. These are people who have been turned insane after adopting the mind of Satan, who will never stop believing he will somehow kill God and reign in His place. Every opportunity God has given Satan to defeat Christ has failed. The cross was the closest Satan ever came to beating Him, and it resulted in his greatest defeat. It says about Armageddon, The Lord will slay [him] with the breath of His mouth and bring [him] to an end by the appearance of His coming” (2The 2-8). Just by appearing they will all die. He will come with a radiant light, the kind that emits gamma rays, and they will instantly die at His appearance, which will be like the flash of an atomic bomb; anyone within its deadly sphere will be instantly killed. This will occur just outside of Jerusalem, and in the catacombs under the holy city, God's remnant will await Him, protected by the earth from the gamma rays that will destroy His enemies. In this war of Armageddon the obstacles in the way of His kingdom will be gathered and thrown into Hades to await sentence at the White Throne Judgment. Rev 14-18,19 says, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.”

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus – God has been gathering the stumbling blocks of His kingdom ever since the beginning of time. When a person dies without Christ, he immediately goes to a place called Hades. That was true in Old Testament times and it is true to this day, whereas those who die in the Lord are immediately escorted to heaven. They don’t have to go to a place called Abraham’s bosom. This was a temporary holding place where God’s people were once held, waiting for the sacrifice of Jesus to be made, but the wicked who have rejected the free gift of forgiveness and salvation and eternal life through the blood of Christ, their situation has not changed. Between the destruction of this present universe and the creation of the new heavens and new earth God will conduct His White Throne Judgment on the wicked; there will be neither time nor space.

Mat 13,41-43

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest in eternity -- These verses go with verse 30

Mat 13-43

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 9

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44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

 

Mat 13,44-50

(207g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> Investing in the Kingdom of God -- These verses go with verses 18-23

Mat 13,44-46

(192d) Die to self >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Receiving from God by substitution >> Wheeling and dealing in God’s spiritual economy – Jesus commanded us to go and tell the world about the grace of God and the forgiveness that is in Jesus, and so launched this great project of humanity. Paul and the other apostles established the gospel of Christ in the world, and throughout the generations the gospel continued to be entrenched, only not so much how the apostles taught it, but according to the religions that formed after the original apostles fell asleep. Nevertheless, the great commission has remained to this day. Every Christian has a duty to proclaim the gospel of salvation to whomever will hear it. This parable, however, seems to speak across the grain of the great commission; instead of proclaiming the Kingdom of God, we are now hiding it. There are some aspects of God’s gift that we do not make available to the world; in fact, we do what is in our power to protect it from the world.

(193l) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >>  Run to God in your freedom to choose righteousness

(225g) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about wealth >> Parables about treasure

(232b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> The cost is more than you can imagine so don’t count

(234j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Investing every asset into Christ – The Bible teaches to surrender everything to Christ, but the vast majority of Christians in the world today aren't doing this; instead, they keep back some of the price for themselves (Acts 5,1-4). It is a popular saying in the Church to be sold-out for Jesus; nevertheless, it is a lost truth in the Church. To the degree that we have not invested everything in Christ is the degree that we have idolatrous longings for this world. We must give God our whole heart to find true happiness in this life.

(249h) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Being rich in Jesus -- These verses go with verse 12

Mat 13-44

(62c) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Responding cleverly to your enemies >> Cheat them – Jesus called us to be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves (Mat 10-16). The person in the parable discovered somebody’s treasure, and instead of reporting it, which would have bee the right thing to do, he sought the treasure for himself and took deceptive measures to take possession of it. He legally stole it. So, here is Jesus teaching us to connive and be deceptive, not to be naïve and foolish. When it comes to the Kingdom of God and the value it holds, living forever in paradise, what would we do to gain possession of it, being that it is the greatest gift and our most valuable possession? Those of us who have accepted the sacrifice of God’s Son as full payment for our sins and living for Him are headed for eternal life in heaven. The righteousness of faith that we possess and the salvation of God imparted through the Holy Spirit is a treasure we must protect at all cost throughout our lives and not lose it. We must hold onto it with all our might and never let go. Jesus is saying that no matter what it takes, we must come into possession of it, and its possession is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

(63c) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Church deceives the world – This parable fits perfectly with the story of Jacob and Esau, employing deceptive bait-n-switch trickery. Jacob and Esau were born twins, but Esau came out first with Jacob holding to his heel. Jacob said to Esau, ‘Give me your birthright and I will give you a bowl of soup,’ and Esau said, ‘What good is my birthright if I have starved to death.’ He sought Esau’s birthright, seeing the value of inclusion within the human genealogical chain of Messiah. The main ingredient in this story was a pot of stew that Jacob used to deceive his father into speaking the blessing over him, and he also used it to tempt his brother into verbally transferring his birthright. The value of the birthright was to have his name indelibly commemorated for all time, and so Jacob tricked his father (Isaac) into blessing him. Jacob made his father’s favorite stew and gave him some of it. Isaac was blind from old age and his brother had hairy arms, so Jacob wore an animal fur to make his father believe it was actually Esau whom he was about to bless, but in reality it was Jacob. Then, when his brother returned famished from a dismal hunting excursion, he wouldn’t give Esau any stew unless he promised his birthright to him, and so he verbally conveyed his birthright to Jacob, claiming that it was no good to him if he died from hunger, so he made the verbal agreement with his brother for a bowl of soup, thus despising his birthright. This was a transaction that God recognized and honored after receiving the blessing both from his brother and his father, and so Jacob became the legal heir of the coming Messiah.

(109b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the gift of God

(211c) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Gentiles steal the kingdom from Israel through obedience

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45-58 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48 and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49 "So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes." 52 And Jesus said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old." 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? 55 "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 "And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household." 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

 

Mat 13-45,46

(234f) Sold Out (Key verse)

Mat 13,47-51

(47b) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> burning site where people are thrown away – These verses go with verse 30

Mat 13,47-50

(225p) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about final judgment

Mat 13-52

(173e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the catholic faith >> Catholics who are converted to the faith

(191d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven of false doctrine -- Anyone who comes from another religion into Christianity, regardless of that religion, will suffer the influence and effects of previous indoctrinations. That is why it is important to believe the truth from the beginning, because desensitizing oneself from wrong thinking is not easy. He will always have leanings toward ideas that he once believed, though he may know them now to be false.

Mat 13,53-58

(70g) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth-enemy of discernment >> Familiar with Jesus in the flesh -- It is difficult to become familiar with something new. It forces us to work hard to understand it; we must give it a name, and learn as much as we can about it to become familiar with it. However, it is even harder to re-familiarize ourselves with something we thought we already knew and be forced to relearn it. This requires an extra step of trashing knowledge we once believed, which involves admitting we were wrong, which is an assault on our pride, threatening our entire worldview. Sometimes it is easier to just deny it, which defines a defense mechanism called "Cognitive dissonance". In this case it required Jesus' friends and relatives to swallow their pride and admit they hadn't noticed He had so much potential. They had him pigeonholed, and when Jesus required them to reconsider their assumptions, they flatly refused. Sometimes we learn about things, not for the purpose of learning but for the opposite reason, for the purpose of grouping them with other things we already know, so we don't have to learn anything new. Familiarity then, is how we group things, but when we find something that doesn't fit into any known group, it requires us to create a new group; and the older we get, the less we enjoy making new groups or learning anything new. While this is part of our psychological makeup, a lack of familiarity often blocks our minds from learning things when we don't properly understand them. 

Mat 13,53-56

(89i) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Increasing in wisdom – The fact that Jesus was the Son of God meant His wisdom and abilities were unattainable to anybody else, yet He still had to pursue them. He learned His great wisdom from thirty years of living and sharing His life with God His Father. Wherever He went and whatever He did God was with Him and He invited His Father into every aspect of His life. Jesus would go for a walk and see things all around Him that would make Him think about His Father and His kingdom, which He incorporated into many of his parables. He read the Scriptures regularly and absorbed them, frequenting the local synagogue and pouring over the manuscripts until he had them all memorized, and His Father led Him into all the truth about every word of it, so He had a proper interpretation of the prophetic manuscripts. These things He held in His heart for thirty years without telling a soul, like the parable of the Ten Virgins, who spent their lives gathering oil for the long night that was ahead of them, so when darkness overtook them, God lit their lamps with the flame presenting the anointing. This happened to Jesus at His baptism, which signified the onset of His ministry. Then He started elucidating the things He learned over the course of His life, and people from His hometown couldn’t believe that all these things were in His heart while He lived among them, and they had no idea He was such an eloquent speaker. This was not their experience with the child or with the man He had become, the son of a carpenter. Jesus was open to his Father’s tutelage, wisdom and understanding and they weren’t.

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