Posted by: pastordarren | July 9, 2008

Parables and Stories

One of the things that I would like to do with this blog is to receive comments and insights from different people on the upcoming scriptures for the Sunday Sermons.  Many times people will come to me after the sermon and say, “Did you think of this?” or “Here is a great story that fits the scripture.”  This will give you the opportunity to share some of these before hand and this will help me by giving me a chance to receive comments and perspectives that show me a bit where others are at in relation to the scipture. 

So here goes. . .

Jesus talked and taught a lot in parables and stories to help people to better understand the Kingdom of God.  The passage from Matthew is one of those where Jesus uses the image of a sower to communicate truth about the the Kingdom of God and God’s Word.  The passage is below, and so take a minute and read and then give me some feedback on what you hear and see in what Jesus says.

Matthew 13

 1.  That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
 2.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 
 3.  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.
 4.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
 5.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
 6.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
 7.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
 8.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
 9.  He who has ears, let him hear.”

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Responses

  1. First, good to see your blog, Pastor Darren – outstanding way to reach out, and quite fitting that you chose (or were led) to use this passage as your first “real post” on the blogosphere.

    Seems Christ was doing several things here. First, He took action to step outside four walls and go to where the people would be, proving, yet again, that the church is bigger than any building possibly could be.

    By going to the lake, and by teaching with parables, Christ also shows that “the traditional way” is not the only way – not that traditions are bad, but they work so much better when they can be augmented by the new. Kind of like the Old Testament being “augmented” by the New Testament, don’t you think? Everything works best when it works together.

    Of course, the biggest lesson, “He who has ears, let him hear”, was really that corn farmers need to listen better (lol).


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