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The Word: Episode 0802 Gen 1:24-31, Heb 4:12

“Soil By the Road”

April 20, 2019

“Soil By the Road”

Blessings folk!

Consider the soils of the parable of the Sower.

The first…

Mat 13:18-19

“Hear then the parable of the sower.

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.
This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.


The Seed of the Word of the Kingdom had been sown.

The Seed had landed “beside the road”.

Soil beat down.
Soil hardened.
Soil fallow.

The Seed was left exposed.

The picture?

This speaks of one who hears the Word of the Kingdom.
Yet, they do not understand.

The evil one then comes in and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.

Note that the Word was heard at the level of the heart.

Why did he not understand?
Lack of faith?
Sin.
Refusal.

The Seed that was there is gone.

Snatched by the enemy.

May we as Believers speak forth Truth for understanding…

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The Word: Episode 0801 Hebrews 4:12, Genesis 2:7

“Freedom, Liberty”

April 19, 2019

“Freedom, Liberty”

Blessings folk!

A brief swerve today from the parable about the Kingdom.

Today is “Patriot’s Day” in several portions of the united States.

A day that celebrates patriots, freedom, liberty and the like.

Why today?

Recognition of several events that have historically occurred on April 19…

  • Battles of Lexington and Concord in American revolution - 1775
  • Baltimore riots, first blood of the War of Northern Aggression - 1861
  • Warsaw Ghetto uprising - 1943
  • Waco, Branch Davidians murdered - 1993
  • Murrah building bombed - 1995

Man longs for freedom.
Man desires freedom.

There are great things happening at this very moment that historically that will be viewed as determinative to the freedom of all mankind.

Be reminded.

Freedom and liberty are only found in the truth of the Most High God.

John 8:36
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Gal 5:1
It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

 Gal 5:13
For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.

1Pe 2:16
Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil,
but use it as bondslaves of God.

True Believers are free.
Stand firm in the Lord.
Be not subject to the yoke of slavery again.
Love one another.
Rejoice in Liberty!

 2 Co 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

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The Word: Episode 0800 Hebrews 4:11-13

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

April 18, 2019

“The Seed: the Kingdom”

Blessings folk!

We continue with Jesus’ “parables of the soils/seed/sower” in Matthew 13.
We have read the parable.
We have seen the disciples questions and Jesus’ response.
Now, we see something unique about this parable - Jesus Himself interprets it.
He tells us what it means.
He explains the varied parts.

Read and rejoice…

Mat 13:18-23

“Hear then the parable of the sower.

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.
This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

“The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places,
this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns,
this is the man who hears the word,
and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word,
and it becomes unfruitful.

“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil,
this is the man who hears the word and understands it;
who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

The Sower sows the seed.

The Seed is the Word of the Kingdom of God.

The Seed/Word lands on four types of soil.

For today:

  • What have you done with The Seed?
  • What soil are you?

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0799 James 5:10+

“I Would Heal Them”

April 17, 2019

“I Would Heal Them”

Blessings folk!

We continue with a parable of Jesus found in Matthew 13.

This parable is foundational.
Why?

Jesus gives the parable.
The disciples question Jesus.
Jesus then explains the parable, thereby giving insight into interpretive techniques for subsequent parables.
Jesus shows us “how to handle” parables.

Read April 15, 16 if you have not already, then press on…

Mat 13:10-17

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

Jesus answered them,
“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted.

“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore I speak to them in parables;
because while seeing they do not see,
and while hearing they do not hear,
nor do they understand.

“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

“For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Jesus spoke in parables so that

  • Seeing they would not see
  • Hearing they would not hear
  • Listening they would not understand

Why did “they” react this way?

Because they were dull of hearing.
Because they did not believe.

Such was prophesied by the Lord through Isaiah.
Jesus speaks of it…
  • The heart of the people was dull
  • Their ears could scarcely hear
  • They closed their eyes

They fulfilled the prophecy.

If they had not done this, then they would see, hear, return and receive healing from the Lord.

But, they refused.
Led by their leadership.

Nothing has changed today among those who choose to be deaf, blind and ignorant.

But, the Lord encouraged His disciples.
Many prophets had desired to see and hear what they did.

Rejoice!

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The Word: Episode 0798 Romans 11:1-6