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Week 3 Day 3 Genesis 14 Matthew 13

28 January, 2015

Genesis 14
Wartime in Sodom and Gomorrah – the land where Lot settled. Lot was kidnapped.

Abram gets wind of this and hunts Lot down with his servants. Abram’s victory brought him the kings recognition.

Abram then gives back to the king of Sodom all of what he had captured or won back. He didn’t want it said he’d been given the wealth by the king.

Matthew 13
Jesus gets into a boat to preach from offshore. He tells stories and parables so that the people can understand.

He starts with the story of the sower. Why did He speak in riddles? And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭11‬ AMP)

And here’s Jesus’ explanation: For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp and understand. In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear and hear but never grasp and understand; and you shall indeed look and look but never see and perceive. For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them. [Isa. 6:9, 10.] But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭12-16‬ AMP)

Jesus then went on to decipher the parable of the sower. Would you understand it without being told?

Jesus then tells another story of a sower, this one about weeds growing amongst the good seed. Each story gets more descriptive of the essence of what He is trying to say. It takes a tiny seed to birth a great dream.

This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet: I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things that have been hidden since the foundation of the world. [Ps. 78:2.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭35‬ AMP) We are yet to see where each of the stories of the Old Testament either foretell Jesus’ coming and what stories and secrets are hidden in the Jewish history.

This bit has me a bit in awe of what I’ve chosen to do by following this study plan: He said to them, Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar]. (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭52‬ AMP)

And the people who knew Him most missed out: And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭57-58‬ AMP)

Selah

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