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Seeds and Soil | Matthew 13

Do you have hearing ears?

This week, we study Matthew chapter 13. Let’s dig in!

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Confession:  I used to hate the parables.  Well, maybe not hate.  I would skip over them with an eye roll.  I mean they are kind of hard to understand.  I could never figure out how they pertained to my life.  Jesus was so much smarter than I am and wasn’t the point of reading his words to learn?  Why did he have to make it so difficult?  Even the disciples struggled with them.  They even asked him why he taught in parables. (Matthew 13:10) Jesus answers by saying, in a nutshell, and I am paraphrasing here, that some people just don’t get it.  They have ears, yet they do not hear and eyes and do not see.  He goes on to quote Isaiah 6:9-10.  That’s not an uplifting passage, by the way.  God was taking the Israelites to task, unhearing ears and unseeing eyes etc.  I think Deuteronomy 29:1-6 gives a more direct explanation. 

These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He had make with them at Horeb.  And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land; the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders. Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, not ears to hear.  I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.  You have not eaten bread, not have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the LORD your God.

God did not make us stupid.  It is not saying here that they (we) were not given the gift of this kind of knowledge, it is more saying that they (we) were unresponsive to what they already knew so they weren’t getting anything extra.  It’s like me looking at math problems in a math class.  I see that there is a solution I just can’t get there…and I don’t care.  Or listening to Jim talk about fishing coordinates. Or vintage Bronco engines. Or how stocks work.  All that could be cool to know, but I just don’t really want to know about it. 

Jesus is saying that the ones that seek to have the answer will find it.  There were lots of people that were following Jesus, yet he called the twelve.  Those men got up and went, leaving their lives behind.  Jesus knew they were willing to learn more.  The desire to hear more, to understand, to figure out hard or confusing things is the beginning of this knowledge of Jesus.  

Do you have hearing ears?

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