CAN YOU HEAR HIM?
Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
One day Jesus sat down by the seaside. A crowd began to gather. Soon the crowd was so large He borrowed a boat so He could push out into the water. From this vantage point, He could see all of them and not just those standing up close. He knew people, knew what was in their hearts (He still does.). He knew that not everyone listening that day could hear Him. It's true isn't it? All those people listening to what He said, some would hear and their lives would never be the same. Others would just walk away. You've heard the line from the old spiritual: ''Every-
body talkin' about heaven ain't goin' there!'' It's also true that everybody listenin' about heaven ain't hearing it.
It happens today. Some people listen to this program, believe God's Word and are changed. Others listen, but nothing happens. Why? Jesus answers that question in the first thing
He said from the boat that day. Listen to the story He told: ''And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, 'Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and devoured them. And others fell upon the rocky
places, where they did not have much soil; and immedi- ately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up
and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil, and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.' (Matthew 13:3-9 N.A.S.)
We're very fortunate in that we don't even have to wonder what He meant in telling that story. In verses 18-23 He spells it out: ''Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the king- dom 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 ...
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