Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Who hath ears to hear,  let him hear…

Matthew 13:9 “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jesus had just told the parable of the sower, and the four kinds of ground: wayside, stony places, among thorns, and the good ground.

Then His disciples ask:  Why do you speak to them in parables?  

(We must remember Jesus has preached plainly to the crowds:  Matthew 5-7 is the Sermon on the Mt.; and there He speaks very plainly what they should do)

So Jesus explains:

Matthew 13:12-13 “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given,  and he shall have abundance; but whosoever hath not,  from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

                                 Therefore speak I unto them in parables:  because they seeing  see not;  and hearing  they hear not,  neither do they understand.”

Basically He said:  exposition must have application.    

When they come and hear,  do they want to know what it means for them? 

Or are they happy just to hear a story and go away,  untouched by the meaning of My Words?

“For whosoever hath”.  The crowds had been following Him, and listening.  

But to truly follow Him as Christ,  they would have to want to understand for themselves what He was demanding of them.   What the parables meant where they were concerned.

Jesus said the kingdom of heaven was at hand.   Did they really hear that? Then, what should they do, to have it? 

But to those who are His disciples, He said:

Matthew 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see:  and your ears for they hear.”

How? His disciples had taken the first step and obeyed His call to them, whether from fishing boats, or tax collector booths…they came after Him (and that is always the first step: to leave the old life and come after Him)

Matthew 13:36 “Then Jesus sent the multitude away,  and went into the house; and His disciples came unto Him, saying,  Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.”

They did not always understand at first what Jesus parables meant.   But they wanted to know what these things really meant, and because they did, Jesus explained it to them.

That is the difference in hearing,  and having hearing ears.  The first one hears the words….they are lovely, and probably from God.

The hearing ears comes after for the understanding they need,  to know and have what Jesus says.

When we have a Bible truth in reality;  we have it in our everyday experience.

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one (that was Adam, by his sin);

Much more they that receive abundance of grace 

And of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life  by One, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:17 (Williams version) “For if by one man’s offense death reigned through that one (Adam, by his sin);  

To a much greater degree will those who continue to receive the overflow of His unmerited favor, and His gift of right standing with Himself;  reign in real life, through One, Jesus Christ.”

I like the Williams version because it explains:  “receive abundance of grace”.

Jesus says in John 10:10 “…I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Abundant life comes as we continue to receive the overflow of His life and grace.  He gives them to us: drop by drop;  or showers of grace.

There are graces we need to just “get through”.  

But peace under trial;  joy in pain;  strength in sickness; perseverance in times of distress;  etc.

These are all abundant graces which we can receive from Him…His overflow of power to us by His Holy Spirit in us.  

Him flowing through us: in us (it is always in us first),  and by us.

So we can reign (that’s right,  we can rule our spirits in the situation: what ever it is).

And we can reign in “real” life.

Yes, the real life we live…not the one we would like to live;  or the one we read someone else lived;  but our life:  all the people,  jobs, troubles, griefs, and happiness…our life.

If we continue to receive His abundant grace:  His overflow….for He has enough and to spare of grace or power for us all….

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