Monday, May 1
I think it would have been an incredible experience to hear Jesus talk when he was here on earth. His ministry did not last a real long time, but he did have the opportunity to talk to many people while he was here. I think it is safe to assume that in his limited time teaching the multitudes, he focused on what was most important for them to know. He often used parables to make the teaching more understandable. In Matthew 13, Jesus shared 7 different parables with the people. Let’s find out what he thought was important to share:
Parable of the Sower: this was a parable about how different people respond when they hear the kingdom message.
Parable of Tares Among Wheat: the kingdom of heaven was compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but the enemy also sowed tares in the same field.
Parable of the Mustard Seed: the kingdom of heaven is compared to a mustard seed.
Parable of the Leaven: the kingdom of heaven is like leaven.
Parable of the Hidden Treasure: the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.
Parable of the Costly Pearl: the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls.
Parable of a Dragnet: the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea and gathering fish of every kind.
It is pretty plain to see what Jesus’ most important message was about. He had a one track mind about the kingdom. He would not stop talking about the kingdom. He talked about the kingdom over and over and over and over; seven times in chapter 13 alone. This same message is just as relevant today as it was then because the chance to live in the kingdom is still attainable today. This has to be our number one message the same way as it was Jesus’ number one message.
A couple other incredible experiences would have been to see Jesus feeding the 5,000+ and Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14. I have questions about these events. Did anyone actually see the bread multiply with their own eyes (that would have been cool)? Did they cook the fish or just eat it raw? Without television or movies, how did the disciples know about ghosts (they thought Jesus was a ghost when he was walking toward them on the water)? Had they seen ghosts before? Are ghosts real? When Jesus walked on the water did he move up and down with the waves or was it more of a steady/smooth walk? How did Jesus know that Peter lost faith when he started sinking? Did Jesus actually know what was in Peter’s mind or did God know what was in Peter’s mind and Jesus then figured out what was happening when he saw him sinking? Perhaps you did not have all of the same questions that I had, but thank you for reading this far.
The main lesson to learn from chapter 14 is about faith. Peter was able to walk on water until his faith weakened and many people were healed when they had faith they would be healed when they touched Jesus’ cloak. Another lesson to learn in chapter 14 is to not trust women who please you with their dancing, but I will let you read about that yourself.
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