Matthew Lesson 13 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 13 Day 4

Matthew 13:10-17; Isaiah 6:9-10

11a) Jesus explains to disciples why he began to teach with parables.

“You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them.” Matthew 13:11

“…to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state, they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it.” Matthew 13:13 MSG

b) Reason for the new way of teaching

The crowds’ hearts weren’t open to receiving spiritual things. They came to see the sensational miracles or to receive healing for themselves. Because of this, even what they did hear would be lost to them.

c) Matthew 13:11

The disciples were open and trying to understand. Their hearts were not hardened.

Matthew 13:16 “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear!”

Many longed to see the coming Messiah and yet He did not come in their lifetime. The disciples were blessed because they were in the right place at the right time, and they had ears to hear so that they perceived it.

12) The secrets of the kingdom

In recent years, I’ve heard these verses used with regard to finances. The principle applies in that area also, but given the context, Jesus is speaking of spiritual understanding and revelation. The more we seek Him, desire Him, and tune our spiritual radio receiver to the Spirit channel, our understanding and revelation increase exponentially.

We should be like little children enthralled at every word He says.

My heart is not hardened toward God.  At least, I don’t believe it is. I try to understand what His word actually says even if it contradicts some sacred cow I’ve inherited—something I have been told all my life.

11.  a.  They are trying not to hear or see. They have their fingers stuck in their ears and their eyes tightly shut.

b. The US and other predominately (formerly) Christian nations have turned away to the point that it is no longer considered acceptable to mention anything Christian. In the media and entertainment industries, Christians are portrayed as hypocritical, hypercritical, and ignorant.

Just like in the days of Jesus’ life on earth, some of the religious have done much to warrant the current ambivalence.

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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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