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Why Parables? - Part 2

Today we continue our series on the Gospel according to Matthew. On a mission to convince his biological brethren than Jesus truly is the Messiah, Matthew attests to yet another prophecy fulfilled by Jesus. This time, however, it isn't met with a lot of joy & enthusiasm by the crowds. The tables have turned. They've had ample opportunity to see, hear, believe & receive the truth of Jesus the Messiah. Yet, rather than entrust their lives to and follow Him, they've rejected Him.

But what of those who have received Him, who follow His call & His word? Have you been called, given eyes to see, ears to hear, feet that follow? If so, what fruit is following you?

Matthew 13.10-17 (esv)

10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

“‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.

15 For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

life application questions

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growing in truth: 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"

11 And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: "'"You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive."

15 For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Matthew 13:10-1

Jesus spoke a parable about sowing seed and the soil it lands on. The apostles asked: "Why do you speak to them in parables?" This week Pastor Paige continues the exposition of the passage.

What is a parable again? parable; a simple to understand story that uses comparison to illustrate a truth. Last week we explored the Idea that a parable both reveals and conceals. How does God use a parable to reveal? For those who's heart’s are not hardened the parable reveals truth about God by telling a simple story that is easily understood and then by comparison to the truth the truth is illustrated and understood. How does a parable conceal? For those who's hearts are hardened, the simple to understand story is just that, a simple story. The easy comparison to spiritual truth is not made because the hardened heart doesn't want to know God. So the parable in effect conceals the truth to a heart that is satisfied in its self.

Who is responsible when; 13……”seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”? Discuss. God is sovereign. God has revealed His glory. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Romans 1:18-23 …So there is a

sovereign God and every one/thing else is not God. ….He is holy and we are not. Your responsibility? Surrender. If you dont he will allow you your hardened heart to grow harder.……… 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

3 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!"

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

7 And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for."

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me."

9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

Isaiah 6:1-10

Did you cling to your sin resisting the offer of saving grace? Or worse are you rejecting his offer of saving grace so that you can be god? Encourage testimonies.

What is the difference between praying for fruit/gifts and praying for Jesus to be present? (22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23.) Jesus, the giver of gifts, his presence in us will produce everlasting fruit. Fruit that will bear witness of our love for Christ and what he has done in us. Fruit not produced by an indwelling Christ eventually rots

sharing life together: Are you disappointed in your spiritual growth? Discuss. What can this family do to encourage you in your faith? prayer, fellowship,

living on mission: In spite of hardened hearts, blind eyes and dull ears are you proclaiming the saving grace of Jesus? Where or to whom are you proclaiming the saving grace of Jesus? How can we pray for you regarding the proclamation of Jesus to the lost?

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