Matt. 13: The Parable of the Sower
Windows Overlooking the Kingdom of Heaven
Years ago, when I was stationed in Germany as a young Army Officer, my wife and I visited the Neuschwaunstein Castle in Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany. Views from windows in that mountain palace are nothing short of breathtaking. In today’s lesson, we begin studying a numbers of parables that Jesus told to the multitudes following Him. These parables are powerful word pictures that serve as windows into truths about King Jesus and the matchless beauty of His Kingdom.
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Have you every sat through a very boring lecture, speech or sermon? Yes, I know, that is a rhetorical question. All of us have had to sit through a class or speech that left us drifting in and out of consciousness. But you have undoubtedly also been present when the speaker had you laughing, crying, and on the edge of your seat. So how is it that two different speakers can talk on the same subject, with one speaker holding everyone’s attention, while the other puts you to sleep? Well, the answer to that question is the subject of many books and courses on Communications. But the short answer is word pictures.
[pullquote_center width=”85%”]Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered them, “Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know…” (Matthew 13:10-11 HCSB)[/pullquote_center]
View from the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
Word Pictures – Windows on Abstract Truths
Boring presentations may in fact contain valuable and useful content. However, if the subject matter is difficult to understand, the hearer may leave not knowing much more than at the start of the presentation. But word pictures – anecdotal stories and illustrations – can help convey abstract truths in a powerful, understandable way. Similarly, a book, especially a technical or science book, is much easier to read and comprehend when it contains pictures and illustrations. Visual images help you better understand and retain information.
The Importance of Good Soil
Jesus was a master communicator and storyteller. Parables He taught over 2,000 years ago are still commonly used today, and not just in churches. His use of parables (word pictures) enabled his hearers to understand and remember the truths about the Kingdom of God that He taught them. And one of the first in a series of Jesus’ parables we study is the Parable of the Sower and the importance of good soil. For more on this topic, CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson.
Get Plugged Into God’s Plan Today
If you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship. He will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13) and help you become and do all He has in store for you.
- CLICK HERE to listen to today’s lesson, The Parable of the Sower – Matt. 13:3-23.
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