PARABLE OF THE NET (AND OF THE INSTRUCTED SCRIBE)

Mt 13:47-52  “ Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  So it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Yeshua said to [His disciples], ‘Have you understood all these things?’  They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’
Then He said to them, ‘Therefore, every scribe instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure new and old.’

Heb 5:12 – 6:2   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes of milk is unskilled in the word of righteouness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Messiah (the ‘old’), let us go on to perfection (the ‘new’), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

The fire in the Carmel Forest presented a vivid reminder of the first parable of the Sower:  some trees survived while others around them were destroyed.  There would be three primary reasons why the trees were burned up:  1) all  things/people can die from such disasters; 2) some of the trees were not well-rooted, and so fell in the heat of the fire; 3) some looked well on the outside, but inwardly were rotten—had no inner strength to survive.  Those trees which withstood the blaze while all around others burned up obviously had much strength of ‘character’ that enabled them – by the grace and sovereignty of God – to stand victorious in the day of evil.  Some have no ‘fruit’ left on them after the testing by fire, while others are still capable of producing more.

This last parable of the net (and of the learned teacher of the law) is similar to the second parable of the tares, in that Messiah teaches that in God’s Kingdom now, there will be a final separation of the bad from the good, and this will be done by angels at the end of the age.

In this final parable of this series which Yeshua taught to instruct His disciples in the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven/God, all kinds of fish from the sea – different people from every nation  –  the composite pearl – are gathered in by fishermen by the preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom of God and of His salvation.  Yet, there are good fish, and also bad fish brought into the full fishing dragnet.  Not until the end of the age will the final separation take place, and this will not be done by us, but by the angels of God. 

When Yeshua had finished these parables, He asks His disciples if they understood everything.  They, like us often times, said ‘Yes’, when they should have said more honestly and humbly, “Not really, Lord”.  But taking them at their word, He says “therefore”, if you do understand these teachings of God’s ways and of righteousness, you should be able to discuss things both old and new, as an owner of treasure in your own house.  Brethren, the Son of God has brought us into His Father’s house, which is also ours through Him!  I could ask a little like Jesus did:  “Do we really understand this?!”

What an honor and a privilege it is to be called children of God!  What a responsibility we have as stewards of the mysteries and of His Kingdom!  What a treasure we have – the Bible!  Where our treasure is, there will our heart be.  Is our treasure in this world, or is it in Messiah and the world to come?  

In the Letter to the Hebrews, the writer exhorts us to grow up in our knowledge of the true faith.  He speaks of principle things and of going on to new things.  One of the elementary things of the faith, which this parable of the net and the parable of the tares make clear, is that there is a final judgment at the end of the age, and the wicked or bad will be separated forever from the righteous or good.  There is everlasting judgment – whether to be with God, or whether to be cast out from His presence forever.  To teach otherwise is not to be instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven/God, and/or to be immature in our faith. 

The major responsibility of a pastor and teacher, according to the Word of God through the apostle Paul in the letter to the believers in Ephesus, is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the Head – Messiah – from whom the whole body . . .causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love”.

It is my strong hope and prayer that some of you, at least, are benefitting from these teachings – as well as others – and that you can apply them in your own life as a believer generally, and as being able to help others know the thoughts and ways of our Lord and God, and not merely know laws and commandments, or stories.  We want to know God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be led by the Holy Spirit into all truth.  Yet we must always remember that we are saved by grace through faith, and love covers a multitude of sins.

What are some lessons to learn from these parables of Jesus about God’s Kingdom on Earth at the present time?:
–The Father loves us.  Jesus loves us.  He tells us all things that the Father wants us to know, and gave His Spirit to teach us.  We are His children; we are His friends; we are His brothers and sisters.

–With that secure love, the Lord wants us to fear God and not to take His love for granted.  We show our faith and love for Him by obeying Him willingly out of a humble and thankful heart.

–These parables help keep us on the narrow road which leads to life, and to guard ourselves from certain doctrines which sound good, but are not necessarily so:
   –once-saved-always-saved as a cliché  (the Sower)
   –Mankind in general, and Christians in particular, can succeed to make the world better before — or without — Jesus coming again. (Tares; Mustard seed; Leaven; Net)
   –that the believers – the ‘wheat’, the ‘good seed’, the ‘good fish’ – will be taken before the end of the age (Tares; Net)
   –universalism:  everyone is eventually ‘saved’ (Sower; Tares; Net)
   –There is no hell, no eternal conscious judgment. (Tares; Net)
   –Every person is inherently ‘good’. (Tares)
   –Where God is ruling, evil can not be there, whether in the world or within the church. (Tares; Mustard Tree; Net)
   –We were saved because we looked for Jesus, and so earned God’s favor for our salvation. (Hidden Treasure; Pearl of great price)
   –that God has ‘finished’ with Israel, His treasured people (Hidden Treasure)
   –that somehow God has ‘lost control’ and is not able to ‘get it back’ (all of the parables)

–As we study and learn the truths that we have in the Scriptures, we will be able to bring out of such wealth which our Father has given us in Christ, things from the Old Testament and from the New.  As Jesus told the apostle John in the Revelation, we can speak of things which were, which are, and which shall be.  It is all about Jesus – the King of the Kingdom of God!

PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND OF THE PEARL

Mt 13:44-45   Yeshua’s explanation of the field, the good seed, the tares, the enemy, the harvest, the reapers“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

After speaking to the multitude, Jesus explains to His disciples the meaning of the parable of the tares, and then begins to speak the final three parables to His disciples only.  Let us remember that the first parable of the sower is key to the others (Mk 4:13), and that Jesus – the Teacher, the Rabbi (Mt 23:8-10)—is building upon what He has been speaking to everyone as He continues to teach us about God’s Kingdom.  He is not teaching randomly, but purposefully and systematically.  The first parables indicate that the reality which the Lord is presenting remains until the harvest at the end of the age:  there will be no “millennial kingdom” in the world without the actual literal physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ 

I think it is fair to say that these parables of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, with the Beatitudes and the Lord Yeshua’s evaluation of the seven churches in the Revelation, together give a foundation and a structure by which we should live our life as believers, guarding our hearts in the fear of God as we look forward to the full redemption.

Just as YHVH God gave Moses and Israel the true record of things previously unknown — such as the creation; unbelief and disobedience and their consequences; the flood; the covenant with and through Abraham – so here, Jesus is revealing to the Church the truth of the present evil age within God’s created order, and the hope of redemption by the sovereignty of God.  “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous people desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Mt 13:16-17 

The parable of the hidden treasure:

According to the pattern of the parables, it becomes clear that neither the hidden treasure nor the pearl of great price is the Messiah/Christ, just as the mustard tree is not the Church nor is the leaven the gospel.  

Jesus already explained to His disciples that the “field” is the world, and the “man” is Him, the Son of Man.  Is Christ hidden in the world?  Yeshua says that He is hidden in Heaven! (Jn 16:10)  We are not told to buy the world, but to give it up for something even better! (Lk 18:22-30)  We can not buy salvation, but it is a free gift! (Rom 6:23; Is 55:1; Rev 22:17)  We do not buy Messiah, but He has purchased us! (1Cor 6:19-20)  Do we again hide Jesus when we ‘find’ Him?  No, but we proclaim Him to all! (Mt 28:18-20 

Who/What is the “treasure hidden in the field/world”?  I think it could be said to be a someone/something which God looked for and found favor with.  The whole Earth belongs to YHVH, but the devil deceived Eve and Adam disobeyed the Word of God, and gave their authority over God’s Earth to Satan.  As time went on, evil increased until at the Tower of Babel God confused the languages and separated man both from Himself and from each language-nation group.  Then YHVH God found a man through whom He promised blessings for him, for his descendants, and for all the families of the Earth.  He found Abram/Abraham, and through Isaac and Jacob, God created a nation – Israel.  God calls Israel to be His special treasure above all peoples, because the whole Earth is YHVH’s. (Ex 19:5; Ps 135:4)  The Earth is YHVH’s both through creation and through redemption. (Gen 14:19; Heb 9:23-26)  We can say that the Earth belongs to Jesus/Yeshua, the Heir of all things which are the Father’s. (Jn 16:14-15; Ps 2:7-8)

In creating Israel (Is 43:15) YHVH God hid a treasure/a people in the world, and Messiah, in order to have them, bought the whole field – which includes the treasure — with His blood.  He “sold all that He has” to buy that field, and gave up, as it were, many other people whom He loves in order to have His treasure. (Gen 17:18-20 – Ishmael; Is 43:3-4 – Egypt, Ethiopia, Seba)  Israel is still ‘hidden’ in the world among the Gentile nations:  many (most?) people do not recognize the special qualities which God has given to Israel already, and what He has destined them for, even as the Lord continues His marvelous plan to bring glory to His Holy Name and to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This will be so until the time of redemption and the restoration of all things. (Acts 3:20-21; Eph 1:14)  This will be when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in. (Rom 11:25)  Then will the joy of this Wise Investor be full as He rejoices over His people with gladness in His love. (Zeph 3:17; Is 44:23)  Praise God, who sees the end from the beginning – and He will be satisfied with His purchased possession, when ‘all Israel’ is saved and is forever restored in love and holiness to the Father and to the Son! (Is 53:11a 

The parable of the Pearl of great price:

The Church   — purchased redemption (1Cor 6:20); Yeshua’s inheritance, praise to His glory (Eph 1:3-22) called out from every nation, including from His treasure Israel (Rom 1:16-17; 1Cor 10:32
               –even ‘sold/leased Israel’[into dispersion and a ‘curse’ under Gentiles] for the pearl (Mt 21:41-43)
               –sold the whole habitable world (tevel), including the field with the Treasure, to buy the pearl:  Kingdom of God not of this present world (olam) order
               –The Bride, the Body of Messiah, Who is the Head (Eph 5:25-32; Rev 21:1-5,9-14)
                  –a city is made up of people
                  –both the names of the tribes of Israel and the names of the of the Israeli Jewish apostles – the first-fruits of the Church – are memorialized forever in the New Jerusalem
                  –very personal and individual, while also being a corporate body/bride, in our relationship with God in  Christ.  (This is different from the merely Jewish understanding of a corporate identity only.) 

As for the Hidden Treasure, which is Israel, so for the Pearl of Great Price, which is the Church:  God sees the end from the beginning, and has invested everything – including His reputation – to not only show His love for us while others may not esteem us, but to have us with Him forever.

PARABLES OF A MUSTARD SEED AND OF LEAVEN

Mt 13:31-35; Mk 4:31; Lk 13:19; Mk 8:15; Lk 13:21 . . . The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and  nest in its branches.  Another parable [Jesus] spoke to them:  the kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.

All these things Yeshua spoke to the multitudes in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, ‘I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.’ (Ps 78:1-2)

Let us remember that Yeshua says the first parable governs the rest of them:  if we are to understand the parables, we must understand the first one about the sower and the seed. (Mk 4:13)

   1.  All hear the Word of God.
   2.  Not all who hear the Word understand it in order to believe Him.
   3.  Not all who believe Him abide in the Word, but fall away.
   4.  Not all who do abide in the Word bear fruit.
   5.  Not all who do bear fruit produce the same amount or quality.  

The parables reveal things hidden from the foundation of the world, but now are made known through the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, who, being the Light of the world, brings things to light and tells us the truth.   When Jewish people tell Christians that Jesus is not the Messiah, one of their main objections is that if He were, everyone would know and there would be peace.  But Yeshua/Jesus IS the Messiah, and in these parables of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God He is speaking of things kept secret from the foundation of the world:  there is evil at work within God’s Kingdom for now, and it is found even within the very midst of all that the Father is doing to bring His children back home.  This is similar to YHVH giving Moses and Israel the beginning chapters of Genesis, to bring truth to His people in contrast to all the legends and fables of the world.  He loves us, and we are still learning to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  We demonstrate this through obeying Him with faith. (1Jn 5:3-5 

These two short parables of a mustard seed and of leaven use something very basic to the life of agriculturists and to home-makers.  Plants and bread were well known by all the people, and both plants and bread begin from something very small:  either a seed or a little leaven.  

In the case of the mustard seed, the black mustard seed was the smallest of seeds used in Israel in those days, and the mustard plant could grow to almost 4 meters (about 12 feet).  This is certainly large enough for birds to nest or to rest in its branches.  Yeshua encourages believers in our faith, that even if our faith is only as large as a mustard seed, we can uproot trees and move mountains! (Lk 17:6; Mt 17:20 

From the parables which Jesus began to tell, the reference to ‘a man’ and ‘his field’ refer to the Son of Man – Jesus Himself  – and to the world, where both Israel and the Church are.  

In the first parable, the reference to ‘birds’ has a negative meaning, and Jesus mentions again in this parable the ‘birds of the air’, some of which would be clean birds and others unclean (Lev 11:13-19; Dan 4:14).  In the Revelation (Rev 18:1-3), John saw and heard an angel speaking of Babylon the Great fallen, and described as being a cage for every unclean and hated bird.  Remember, before beginning our studies of these parables of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven/God, we looked at the mystery of iniquity, which is already at work (2Thes 2:7). The devil is trying to deceive the elect, if possible, and he does so by mixing in the ‘name’ of YHVH or of Jesus with false teachings, another gospel, an unholy and unclean spirit.  In Israel, we had the advice of Balaam that the Midianite women should seduce the Israeli men; we had Jezebel and Ahab bring in Baal worship into ‘mainstream’ Israeli religion.  In the New Testament, we have many warnings about false teachers and false prophets within the church; and in the letter to the church in Thyatira, Jesus speaks and warns against “that woman Jezebel” within the church who teaches and seduces His servants to practice idolatry and immorality.  

So here, too, in the parable about the little mustard seed which grows large enough to be a tree, we see a picture of the small beginnings of God’s Kingdom being established on the Earth:  firstly through the promise of the [small] Seed of the Woman who will overcome and put away the evil one and evil that was already at work in the Garden of Eden!; then much later through choosing a man, Abram/Abraham, on through a small nation, Israel, and especially through the gospel being preached after Pentecost, all this taking place in a small land among a small number of Jewish Israelis.  YHVH God’s kingdom has grown to a large size, beyond normal expectation from such small and humble beginnings!  And like a mustard plant, it doesn’t look all that glorious now!  All this is to the glory of our great God and Savior!  

At the same time, though, in the wisdom, goodness, and long-suffering of our God,(who desires that all should repent unto salvation through Jesus Christ), He allows all kinds of uncleanness and evil to not only exist, but to operate within and enjoy His creation and works, to the point of  danger for those who do not discern good from evil, clean from unclean, holy from profane, and to risking the honor of His holy name.  The devil comes into the household of God, whether it be Israel or the Church.  

The day of judgment will come, when God will once more shake not only the Earth, but also  the Heavens, removing those things that are being shaken, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.     “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire! (Heb 12:26-29; Hag 2:21-22 

The parable of the leaven is similar to that of the mustard seed in that Jesus takes something ‘small’ which becomes something ‘big’.  A difference in a seed, though, from leaven is that a seed has the bigness already in itself, whereas the leaven is an outside agent for causing the increasing corruption of grain.  (The leaven works properly when it is used under proper control in dough prepared for the oven to make a loaf of bread, for example (Gen 18:6)If the leaven is mixed into sitting grain/meal, it spoils it; and that is the picture in this parable.)  

Throughout the Scriptures, leaven nearly always carries a negative implication:
Ex 34:25   You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leaven. . ..
Lev 2:11   No grain offering which you bring to YHVH shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to YHVH made by fire.  (The new grain offering required at Shavuot/Pentecost does contain leaven (Lev 23:16-17), and that is significant for us as believers, and for the Lord’s Supper.)

Mt 16:6,11-12; Mk 8:15   Then Yeshua said to [His disciples], ‘Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.’   ‘How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?  But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Then they understood  that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees (and of Herod) 

Lk 12:1   . . .[Yeshua] began to say to His disciples first, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy 

Lk 13:20-21   . . .To what shall I liken the Kingdom of God?  It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.

1Cor 5:6-8   Your glorying (i.e., self-satisfaction despite unjudged serious sin within the church) is not good.  Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?!  Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [character] of sincerity and truth.

The issue of leavened/unleavened is NOT about bread/food, but of truth and godliness!  It is about US.

Gal 5:9   A little leaven leavens the whole lump(Paul is rebuking those who have allowed themselves to be taken in by teaching which would ‘estrange them from Messiah if they again seek justification by law; they have fallen from grace and the hope of righteousness by faith.)  God has cut a NEW covenant, not a renewed one!

Who is “the woman” who has taken and hidden the leaven in the three measures of grain?  I believe it is both Israel and the Church – both of whom are described as wives.  It could be said that it is the harlot at work within each of them, doing the work of iniquity as the devil’s agents to spoil – if possible – the glory of God in His people who are called by His name. (Num 6:27; Ex 20:7; Is:65:15; Acts 11:26)   We have been given the privilege and the responsibility of being servants of Messiah and stewards of the mysteries of God, and it is required in stewards to be found faithful. (1Cor 4:1-2)

Judgment begins in the household of God.  God’s judgments will be seen to be righteous.  Israel and Jewish people are under His judgment until today for still rejecting the truth of Messiah being Jesus/Yeshua.  The Church and Christians will be judged for being similar to what Israel and the Jews have been – but even moreso, for born-again believers have the whole of the revelation of God and the Holy Spirit within us. (Heb 10:26-31)

The seven letters of Yeshua to the churches in the Book of The Revelation show the expansion of the leavening – the loss of integrity and the spoiled testimony – within the Church over the centuries.  The last state is so far from the Lord, despite their ‘religiosity and presumed spirituality’, that the Christians inside do not even realize that Jesus is outside!  They are also so blinded and lukewarm and complacent, that it is evident they are not looking for the blessed hope of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth, as it is in Heaven. 

All of these parables of Jesus are intended to teach and exhort us to depend upon our God and Savior in the fear of YHVH, which is the beginning of [true] knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.  God loves us, and we are still learning to obey Him with faith– which is the proof, Jesus says, that we love Him. (Jn 14:21 We are saved by grace through faith in who He is and what He says in His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins against Him.

PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND TARES

Mt 13:24-30, 13:36-43   Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes; He explained it to His disciples:  

–The devil is at work within the world and the Church, with the full knowledge and under the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  –false prophets and teachers (2Pt 2:1-2; Jude 4; Rev 2:20-22)
  –a deliberate activity by an enemy to sow bad seed among the good
    –God is allowing it, and it will continue till the end/harvest
      —all churches have wheat and tares within them
      –the bad seed gets sown while men sleep – both naturally and spiritually (Mk 4:27)

–In this parable, there are two sowers:  Jesus, the Son of Man; and the devil
  –the good seed are the sons of the kingdom; the bad seed are the sons of the wicked one (Gen 3:15)
    –wisdom from above is peaceable
    –wisdom from below brings confusion and every evil thing (Ja 3:16)
    –Wheat and tares (weeds; darnel) look alike while growing to maturity!  Only at the end – by their fruit – can they  be clearly and definitely distinguished.  During the growing process, Jesus allows them to grow in the same field.

How should this speak to us in our own congregation?
–We should not seek the approval of men over that of the Lord.  What if those ‘men’ are tares?
  –The measure of our life – our actions, words, character – is Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
  –Some immature believers, who are demonstrating their immaturity, may actually be wheat.  We are called to be patient as we relate to and work with others, and help bring them along to full growth.  

–We probably can not prevent tares from having influence.
  –Consider Judas Ishcariot, and how Jesus related to him among the other disciples, and their own evaluation of him along with themselves when Jesus said that one of the apostles would betray Him.  

–From the parable we learn the need to be discerning, but to wait for the Lord’s timing to deal with separating the good from the bad within a local congregation, in particular, and ultimately from His Kingdom in general.

After God’s righteous judgment – which will be seen to be just (because the fruit will be known by all) – then will the righteous shine as the sun in the Kingdom of the Father.  The Kingdom, and the manifestation of the sons of God in not realized or fulfilled until the coming again of the Lord and the First Resurrection and the ‘rapture’.

Once again, the Lord Jesus places the responsibility on each of those who hear the word:  “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED

Last week we spoke about the mystery of lawlessness that has been already at work from the Garden of Eden.  We mentioned, too, that the devil is out to try to deceive the elect, if possible – not that he can take away our salvation (it is not in his authority to do so), but to at least have us disgrace ourselves and dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ in some way.  The only way Satan can ever deceive the elect is to come seemingly as an angel of light, and to make it seem like Jesus is okay in the eyes and ears of believers; when, in fact, his whole scheme is to deceive us about that very thing.  The mark of the beast will somehow have to have something to do with Jesus; otherwise there would be very little possibility of deceiving, if possible, the elect when the antichrist is demanding people to obey and to worship him.  Do not take for granted that believers will be taken away before the antichrist is revealed:  that is a sure way to be open to deception by the devil, who wants to deceive the elect, if possible.

With this mystery of iniquity/lawlessness at work, we want to begin to look at the parables of Jesus to teach about the Kingdom of God/Heaven, and to give an understanding to His disciples.

Mt 13:1-23   The Sower and The Seed  

Some important lessons from this first parable:  

1.  Everyone — the multitude —  hears the Word of the Kingdom of Heaven/God, even if it is through the created order and heavens (Ps 19:1-6; Rom 1:18-23; Lk 16:16).   Yeshua brings revelation of the mysteries of the Kingdom to His disciples.  When believers have done all they can to take the gospel to all nations, just to be sure that everyone hears, Yeshua will send out angels to preach the everlasting gospel to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people in His desire that all should repent and live before God. (Rev 14:6-7  There is individual responsibility on the part of the hearer to the Word of the Kingdom sown by Him/those who bear and sow good seed.

2.  It is possible to hear the Word, but not understand it to believe it. (Mt 13:19; Rom 10:1-4)

3.  It is possible to believe, but not abide in the faith. (Mt 13:20-21; 1Tim 1:4)

4.  It is possible to abide in faith, but not bear fruit. (Mt 13:22; 1Cor 3:11-15; Jude 20-23 

5.  It is possible to thrive as a believer because the heart and mind are given unto God until the end (Mt 13:23; Lk 8:15 

Mt 13:9; Mk 4:9-13   He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  This first parable – of the sower and the seed – is foundational for understanding all the other parables which Jesus tells.