Went to Bible conference today. Matthew 13:1-23.
Why did Jesus choose to say parables instead of making things straight? “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’ ” 13:13-15
But why did Matthew have to mention this along with the parable of the sower? The inability to bear fruit on our part is precisely a result of “worshipping” either Satan, or the fear of prosecution, or wordly matters. And what did the Old Testament say about idol worshipping?
“The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.” Psalm 135: 15-18
For those who worship anything other than God, and lay their trust on it, they are bound to have eyes, but cannot see; ears, but cannot hear – because this is what their Gods are. I must rid myself of these idols…
Perhaps there is something amazing with Jesus being the son of a carpenter – the heir to carpentry is to crush these idols forever.
“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:8. Why so many times? The growth is to be supernatural, so not just a few times.