The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13: 24-30

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 “But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 “So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28 “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
29 “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13:18-23

The Parable of the Sower Explained

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received the seed by the wayside.
20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 7:24-29

Build on the Rock

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand;
27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

Recently I’ve embarked on a Bible Study journey* that sheds light on, and explains, the challenges and upheaval that our world is facing today in many places including the United States.

Tucked away in the Old Testament Books of 1 Kings 11-14 and 2 Chronicles 10-12 is the history of events that occurred in the life of the Nation of Israel right before that kingdom was divided in two.

Having been selected by God to represent Him and His ways, the descendants of Abraham, the Nation of Israel, missed the mark more times than not, leading to a life of discipline and judgment resulting ultimately in captivity.  This decline was in direct proportion to their disregard and ultimate rejection of God’s guidance, His ways, and His commands.

Sounding quite similar to the condition of our world today, I am reminded of the words wise King Solomon penned long ago in Ecclesiastes 1:9: “…there is nothing new under the sun.”

Interestingly, this same King Solomon, often considered the wisest man to have ever lived, even he, made many unwise decisions.  By compromising and subsequently disregarding and disobeying God’s commands, the Bible tells us, King Solomon met the demise of his own influential life, in addition to the demise of the entire nation he was entrusted to lead.

But God…

Yet, God in His loving mercy, still yearned for the hearts of His people to turn to Him, just as a parent would for a prodigal child.  And another part of God’s love is that He also provided a Redeemer, His Son, Jesus, and His Holy Spirit to saves us all from our sins, (and from ourselves), and guide and help us, along the way.

Sadly, if, as Solomon did, we don’t recognize our need for God’s help, and follow God’s ways, consequences like what we are seeing in our world today will result.  The choice is ours to make.

On a more trivial level, the practice of not reading an owner’s manual is common to mankind.  How many of us choose to read the owner’s manuals of earthly products we purchase or use?  Some of us do, and others of us don’t.

However, on a more life-threatening and life-enduring level, the consequences of not following the directions in the manual provided for us by the Creator of mankind, in this case, the Holy Bible, can lead to catastrophic results, such as we are witnessing today.

Ultimately, that decision rests with each of us; and that encouraging news means the choice is up to you and me to make! Which begs the question: Who or what will you choose for direction and guidance?

May God bless you with His wisdom and love!

Number 6:24-26

*BibleStudyFellowship – People of the Promise “The Kingdom Divided”