Day 25 (Mon, Sept 1, 2014)

Additional Parables by the Sea

47 total verses: Matthew 13:24-53; Mark 4:21-34; Luke 8:16-18

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

74b. Parable of the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30
74c. Lamp under a basket in Mark 4:21-25; Luke 8:16-18
74d. Parable of the seed growing in Mark 4:26-29
74e. Parable of the mustard seed in Matthew 13:31-33; Mark 4:30-32
74f. Speaking always in parables in Matthew 13:36-53
75. Parables explained and told in private in Matthew 13:36-53

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

1. How does “use it or lose it” pertain to Mark 4:24 and Luke 8:18?
2. Why did Jesus teach with parables?

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 13:24-30. This is a story Jesus told about weeds getting planted alongside a good crop of wheat. Rather than risk accidentally uprooting the wheat, the owner decided to let both grow until harvest time, at which time the weeds would be removed first

Mark 4:21-25; Luke 8:16-18. The passage begins with describing a lamp being designed to show light and expose things that are hidden in darkness. Then it shifts to a warning about being careful to listen to what we hear. And this is related to the idea that those who have will be given more, and those that don’t, even what they have will be taken away. That is, as we use what we learn about God, and teach others, God will give us more understanding.

Mark 4:26-29. A story explaining how the kingdom of God is like planting seed and watching it grow, even though he doesn’t know how it grows.

Matthew 13:31-33; Mark 4:30-32. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which starts out so small, but which grows and becomes very large. Matthew adds a verse about the kingdom of God being like leaven which works its way through the entire batch of dough.

Matthew 13:34-35. Jesus taught everything in parables, revealing things that were hidden.

Matthew 13:36-53. Jesus begins this section by explaining the parable of the weeds, telling the disciples about what the weeds, the wheat, the enemy, and the harvesters represented. Then he tells some additional parables. The first two are about the kingdom being of value, and those finding it give up all they have to acquire it. These parables were of the hidden treasure in the field, and the pearl of great price.

Then he tells the parable of the net, in which many fish were caught, and the fisherman sort through it and discard the bad fish and keep the good fish. This is what Jesus tells us the angels will do at the end of the age.

Twice in this section Jesus mentions punishment for those who are evil, and it is described as very painful.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

My favorite verse is Matthew 13:44, “‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field'” (ESV). I like this because it illustrates a lot about how I see the kingdom of heaven. It is hidden to some people but those who find it experience great joy. But to get the kingdom, you have to give everything, but it is well worth the price.

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