We want to look at Matthew 13. Exciting chapter. Jesus taught in the morning and afternoons as well. He never seemed to tire. The atmosphere around His teaching seems to be so different in the afternoon. More relaxed.
The enemies of Jesus were always there in the morning to question, to taunt, to try to find something that they could catch him on. It seems that the Pharisees were not willing to go out to the seaside when He taught in the afternoon. It wasn’t where “they” wanted to be seen so as to speak.
It gave Jesus a more relaxed atmosphere from which to teach the throngs who had followed him – – who were so eager to hear from Him what He had to say.
Matthew 13 is a very busy chapter. There are eight parables recorded in this chapter. The first parable Jesus teaches on the four kinds of soil and explains how the people come up short every time because of their great lack of truth in their lives.
The disciples asked Him this question: 10) “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
His answer: 11) “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12) For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13) Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14) And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15) For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’ ”
Then Jesus says to His disciples, 16) “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17) for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
The Jesus immediately picks up speed with another parable. In fact, He gives three more: Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. And those two were followed by the Parable of the Mustard Seed.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, went into the house and His disciples very quickly gathered around Him and ask Him to explain the Parable of the Tares of the field. We will pick it up here tomorrow.
In His Hands,