|Matthew 13 |
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaside.
2 And great multitudes gathered to him, so that he went into a ship and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them;
5 Some others fell upon stony places, where they did not have much earth, and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 So when the sun came up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundred fold, some sixty, and some thirty fold.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
11 And he answered and said to them, "Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 to understand why Jesus spoke in parables to hide the meaning of his words from some people.]
12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have an 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 by their seeing [natural seeing] they do not see [spiritually]; and hearing [naturally] they do not hear [spiritually], neither do they understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said, 'You will listen, but will not understand; you will look, but will not perceive.
15 Make this peoples' heart callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their [spiritual] eyes; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and repent, and be healed.'1 [See Footnote 1 of Mark 4 for why Jesus speaks in parables to prevent certain people from hearing the meaning of his teachings and gospel.]
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 men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
18 The Parable of the Sower
Therefore hear the parable of the sower.
19 When anyone hears the word [spoken by the Spirit] about the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side. [The Greek for word in this verse is logov <3056>, which in English means: 1) of speech; 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; 1b) what someone has said. This does not refer to hearing the Bible read; instead it refers to hearing Jesus speak to you from within your heart. The Word of God is the name of Jesus, and there is a small measure of the Word and light in every man's heart, which is there so that we might hear it and obey it; that is the word of faith that the Apostles preached. John 1:1-4, John 1:7,9, Rev 19:13-16,Rom 10:8,17, Deu 30:10-14, Eph 4:21. The words we hear and receive with meekness are engrafted into our heart. James 1:21. The words he speaks to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us. John 6:63.]
20 And he who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word [spoken by the Spirit], and quickly with joy receives it; [When you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!]
21 Yet has he no root in himself, but endures only for awhile; for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, he is eventually offended. [Tribulation, suffering, and persecution occur because a person endures in obeying "the word," which is the spoken words they hear, (spoken by the Lord to them), as they wait, watch, and listen. Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial and endures for awhile will experience trials and tribulations with suffering and persecution; some will be offended, causing them to give up their enduring — they cease their first priority of obedient following and seeking of God to fall back into the ways of the world.]
22 He who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word; but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. [Others are distracted from their first priority of seeking of God by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the pleasures of this life, and the lusts for other things. Realize that when you indulge in the pleasures of the world, even temporarily on a vacation, your motivation to stay faithful to the commands you have heard and your motivation to seek God are seriously weakened.]
23 But he who received seed into the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it; who bears fruit, some yielding a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times what was sown." [You can succeed by: 1) maintaining your hope through frequent reading of the promises in the scriptures and the success of others in the past, both of which are on this site, 2) maintaining a regular daily schedule for waiting on the Lord as much as possible, 3) staying obedient to any commands you have received from listening to Him, and 3) anticipating trials and tribulations, ready to consider them as joyful evidence of your progress and eventual salvation to come.]
24 The Parable of the Good Seed and the Tares of the Field
Another parable he put forth to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is compared to 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 And when the blade had sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then have these tares come?'
28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants asked him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them up?'
29 But he said, 'No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you also root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: First gather together all the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn.'" [John the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; Whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.", Mat 3:11-12. This is the baptism of death to your selfish spirit, carnal mind, and evil imagination.]
31 And he put forth another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field.
32 The mustard seed is indeed the least of all seeds; but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs,2 and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches of it."
33 Then he spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven [yeast], which a woman took and covered in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened."
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the multitude in parables; he did not speak to them without a parable;
35 So that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field."
37 And he answered and said to them, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one.
39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.
42 And will cast them into a furnace of fire, where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening, and let him contemplate, discern, and understand by hearing. [Listen to Jesus, the word within your heart; discern and understand. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10 ]
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field; which when a man has found it, he hides it, and for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant man, seeking valuable pearls;
46 Who, when he had found the one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered every kind [of fish]:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good [fish] into vessels, but cast the bad [fish] away.
49 So it will be at the end of the world; the angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
50 And will cast them into the furnace of fire; there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
51 Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" And they said to him, "Yes, Lord."
52 Then he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who is instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old."
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he left there,
54 And when he had come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "From where has this man obtained this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? From where then has this man learned all these things?"
57 And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house."
58 So because of their unbelief, he did not do many mighty works there.
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1 Make this peoples' heart callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their [spiritual] eyes; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and repent and be healed. The verse it refers to in Isaiah is translated as: Make the heart of this people callous, and shut their ears, and close their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and repent and be healed. Isa 6:10. This verse was such a conundrum to the experts, they concluded that God was being sarcastic in saying it. But God is not sarcastic; sarcasm is the tool of the devil. God never jokes; he can be happy, joyful, and laughing, but never joking.
The word make is clearly in the Greek text of the New Testament; it is the Greek word epacunyh, which means make thick, make fat, make stupid, (to render the soul dull or callous). This was so hard for the translators to believe, that they left it out, which changes the meaning entirely, resulting in this verse translated as: 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 repent and be healed.
To the "be healed" is in the text of both Matthew and Isaiah. However, if God didn't want people to be healed, they wouldn't; and there would be no necessity to keep them from hearing by making their hearts fat. There is no automatic healing. So now the question is: Why would God not want certain people to understand his parables? See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 for a complete explanation.
2 The mustard seed is indeed the least of all seeds; but when it has grown, it is the greatest among herbs. The kingdom of heaven is like the grain of mustard seed and like the leaven [yeast] that goes through the whole lump; both analogies show that the kingdom grows from small beginnings before it can be known. Mark further reports:
And he said, "To what shall we liken to the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we describe it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds on the earth, but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may lodge under the shadow of it." Mark 4:30-32
So, in the beginning of your seeking the kingdom within, it is smaller than the tares of the world, which are the lusts, pride, worries, cares, and pleasures. But if the seed of God's kingdom is watered and fed, it grows to be the largest of all; this seed is watered and fed through seeking the Lord, through silent waiting for him, listening for his voice, hearing his teachings and commands, and obeying them as directed from God.
3 so will it be at the end of the world. Mat 28:20 states, "I am with you always, even to the end of the world." The disciples are not still alive on the earth waiting on the end of the world. This statement makes no sense, unless you realize the end of the world is a personal experience — as it was for the disciples — for they saw the end of the world. And the world passes away and disappears, along with its desires and lusts; but he who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:17. So the world with its lusts and passions disappear together, crucified by the aid of the Spirit. After we are purified, Christ returns to establish his Kingdom within us, and the world as we know it disappears. We enter a different dimension — paradise or the Kingdom of Heaven. Now all these things happened to them as examples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have come. 1 Cor 10:11. From the Word of the Lord within: "The world ends as you step into another dimension. You can live in heaven and still walk the earth."
The world ends as you step into a different parallel dimension, the Kingdom of God that is within and around us — it is a different dimension to be lived in, a spiritual dimension to be entered through personal tribulations while still physically on the earth; and then to dwell there forever. But, unless you enter the Kingdom of Heaven in this life, you will never have any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ or God. The Books of Acts and Ephesians helps us understand the Kingdom of God within and among us: God .. is not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being, Acts 17:27-28, and One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6 — but we are not aware of this because we are in a lower physical dimension. The physical dimension shares the same space as the higher spiritual dimensions. To enter the Kingdom of God within and around us, is to be dramatically translated to the spiritual dimension of consciousness and sight, in union with Christ and God, but walking on earth by the light of God. The world passes away from our sight when the Kingdom is entered.
4 The Son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that cause sin as well as those and those who practice lawlessness [sin]; If you die in your sins, you are going to be banned from heaven:
The acts of the sinful nature include adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lack of restraint, Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousies, rage, selfishness, divisiveness, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revelries [partying], and the like;
...those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21
All with sexual immorality, pride, hatred, lying, envy, wanting more, partying, foolishness ..etc., will be banned from heaven.
For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6
Anyone who is impure, immoral, or covetous will be banned from heaven.
Jesus said,.. For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye [envy], blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man, and defile him. Mark 7:21-23
Notice, until your heart has been cleansed, you are defiled — a ravenous beast that serves yourself, rather than others.
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