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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 38

Matthew 13:10 When speaking in parables, Jesus was not hiding truth from sincere seekers, because those who were receptive to spiritual truth understood the illustrations. To others they were only stories without meaning. This allowed Jesus to give spiritual food to those who hungered while preventing His enemies from trapping Him sooner than they might have otherwise done.

Matthew 13:12 This phrase means that we are responsible to use well what we have. When people reject Jesus their hardness of heart drives away or renders useless even the little understanding they had.

Matthew 13:22 How easy it is to agree with Christ with no intention of obeying. It is easy to denounce worries and deceitfulness of this lie, and still do nothing to change our ways. In light of eternal life with God, are your present worries justified? If you had everything you could want but forfeited eternal life with God, would those things be so desirable?

Matthew 13:23 The four types of soil represent different responses to God's message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some  are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting worries, and some are receptive. How has God's Word taken root in your life? What kind of soil is your heart made of?

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