The profit of parables ? Matthew 27:37
1. The state of the heart.
Do you love Him with all your heart?
What kind of soil does the seed of the Word find in you?
A) Matthew 13:4 ? The childish stony heart – it is carried away by Satan (13:8-9)
3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
The seed (word) falls to the way side to be devoured by birds (birds are generally used to describe evil)
this soil would be like a walkway where the workers would walk as they spread the seed. The soil would be so stamped down that the seed could not get into the soil and the birds would eat it
There are times when we know what the Word of God says, yet our hearts are stony and we refuse in a sense to let His word into our hearts and in that sense, Satan can come and steal it away from us by throwing all he can at us. Without the Word in our lives we have no defense. (Read Matthew 4)
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head?Christ?
B) Matthew 13:5-6 ? The casual shallow heart – it is carnally or fleshly minded (13:20-21)
5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
This soil refers to shallow soil resting on a shelf of rock. The thin layer of dust or dirt accelerates the seed’s growth, but the plant can only live for a short time and whithers because of the hot sun (trouble)
Shallow hearted people receive the word with gladness but when trouble comes into our lives, we give up or respond in bitterness. The old nature starves us
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
C) Matthew 13:7 ? The careful spoiled soil – it is choked by the world (13:22)
7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
This suggests good soil that is occupied by wild growth (among thorns)
This is a spoiled heart that is strangled by the pleasures and worries of this world and refers to when the desires or cares of the world are so inscribed into our lives that the world comes into competition with God. I still have a real problem with this one. I told myself that money didn’t matter, that I didn’t put it in front of God, but after reading this and really thinking about it I realized that I still let the cares and worries of this world choke me sometimes.
D) Matthew 13:8 – The conformed heart ? Christ minded
8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
13:23 – This describes the heart (soil) that receives the word of God and accepts it and applies it which brings an abundance of return.
2 Timothy 2:15,
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
2. The state of the soul
Do you love Him with all your soul?
The lost sheep ? 1 of 99
The lost silver coin ? 1 of 10
The lost son ? irreplaceable
Each has a progressive value and each is very valuable to the one who lost them
11 Then He said: ?A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ?Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.? So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 ?But when he came to himself, he said, ?How many of my father?s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ?Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.??
20 ?And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ?Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.?
22 ?But the father said to his servants, ?Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.? And they began to be merry.
The ?prodigal son? parable is a picture of the joy of our Heavenly Father when a sinner repents. It can also represent His joy when we repair fellowship with him (through confession) after it has been broken through sin. In either way is shows just how personally He longs for those who are lost.
Repent ? v14-17 ? The young son began to see just how empty the world was. Note that it says, ?When he came to his senses?
Believe ? v18-19 ? The young son knew that things were better back with the father
Confess ? v20-21 ? He came humbly back to the father and confessed that he had sinned
Accept ? v22-24 ? He was welcomed back to the father?s arms
Faith ? v20-21 ? In that the son came back to the father knowing that he (the father) would take him back, but not like he thought he would ? The son is responsible for faith
Grace ? v22-24 ? The father reestablished the son?s place. Just as if he had never left ? The father is responsible for grace
The father had been looking for him and waiting for him. The Bible says that God wants everyone to be saved (2Peter 3:9) the father saw the son coming and he fell on his neck and kissed him. He brought out the best for his son and he put him right back in the place that he had with him
3. The state of the mind
Do you love Him with all your mind?
24 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.???
21 ?Not everyone who says to Me, ?Lord, Lord,? shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ?Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?? 23 And then I will declare to them, ?I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!?
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.