the Time - Part 2
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** How about the soil "among the thorns", what is its main
It is preoccupied with weeds! cf. Genesis 3:17-18
** And finally, how would you describe the "good soil".
It is "good" because it is available, receptive and productive
in that it "yielded a crop".
V. 9 ** What line of demarcation does Jesus draw in the sand?
"He who has ears, let him hear". cf. Matthew 11:15
It is not just that we have ears, but rather we have ears "to hear"
the truth of God's Word.
V.10 ** How do the disciples respond to this method of teaching?
They do not understand the purpose of teaching the multitudes by parables
if they are not all equipped with ears to hear.
V.11 ** What is the answer that Jesus gives to His disciples?
"To you it has been granted..." but "to them [as a whole]
it has not been granted".
** Isn't that kind of harsh? Why is God choosing only some to hear and
understand about the "mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" or
the church age?
No! Not at all. God in His sovereign choice, calls His children into
the body of Christ through the saving knowledge of the Gospel. Only
those He has chosen can hear and respond. But the invitation goes out
to all. cf.John 3:16, Ephesians1:4, 2Thessalonians 2:13
V.12 ** How does the Lord insure that His children will know and
grow in the truth?
If you have the truth, "more" shall be given to you but if
you fail to take hold of the truth, what you do have will be taken away.
cf. 2Peter 3:18
V.13 ** Jesus now directly answers the disciples question, how
would you put His answer into your own words?
"I speak to them in parables, because they do not truly want to
see, hear or understand. They do not want to believe so as to be saved!"
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