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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
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 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.
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