September 13, 2018
Last night we spent our time focusing on the The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. It’s the very first parable that we see Jesus teaching with in the gospels. First, we were amazed with the fact that Jesus creates an amphitheater our of the sea bank, getting in a boat so that his voice would carry to everyone in the crowd of people gathered around him. We also noted that the crowd was made up of many different people that had divided views on who Jesus was. Knowing this, Jesus used the parable of the sower to address each and every person in the crowd ending it with “he who has ears, let him hear.”
Our main takeaway for the evening was the God’s word (the seed) has miraculous power, no matter where it’s planted. It’s growth is only hindered by the condition of the soil it’s scattered on. We talked about how the soils were the different conditions of man’s heart. When our hearts are hard to God’s word, it doesn’t take root. When our hearts are filled with obstacles, concerned with the false promises of safety and security, the seed grows, but is scorched by those overshadowing promises. When our hearts are intertwined with thorns, the cares of this world, the plant is choked out. Only when our hearts are soft does the word of God grow and bear fruit in extraordinary abundance! His Word, when engrained in our hearts does more than we could ever ask or think.
It was an encouraging night spent on Jesus’ teachings. We had some good discussions, and we were in awe of Jesus and His indelible Word.