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Matthew 13 - NIV

9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.


a. Matthew 13:15 Isaiah?6:9,10 (see Septuagint)

Sermons on Matthew 13 More sermons: Matthew 13

Reverend Cooper McWhirter avatar
“In a Manner of Speaking” [Introduction]
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Oct, 2016
Summary: Through the use of parables Jesus was able to explain difficult subject matters in plain, simple terms. By referring to common, every day occurrences people of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest, could readily grasp what Jesus was saying to them.
Scripture: Matthew 13:10-17
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 44
Steve Ely avatar
Game of Thrones - Pt. 2 - Seedy
Shared by: Steve Ely on Aug, 2016
Summary: We talk, sing, and pray using the language of the Kingdom . . . words like Lord, King, and sovereign. However, citizenship in a democracy keeps us from understanding the throne.
Scripture: Matthew 13:3-9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 453
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Helping the Preacher to Become the Best Version of Himself
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jul, 2015
Summary: If the Church is a mother, the preacher should put on the mind of a mother when preaching.
Scripture: Matthew 13:10-17
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 201
Isaac Butterworth avatar
Soil Samples
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Jun, 2015
Summary: There’s a condition of the heart that is necessary if the Word of God is to have a lasting effect on any of us.
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 628
Donnie De loney avatar
The Message you cannot afford to ignore.
Shared by: Donnie De loney on Nov, 2014
Summary: Living for the Lord-Make sure we are carefully following Him
Gerald Roberts avatar
Just keep On Sowing
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Jul, 2014
Summary: The sermon is based upon the idea that no matter what happens, no matter where, and no matter what the results are of seeds being sowed, just keep on sowing.
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 410
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on May, 2014
Summary: No matter how ‘good’ the preaching, the Word of God only takes root in hearts prepared by the Holy Spirit
based on 6 ratings
Views: 3,142
David DeWitt avatar
Stopping Stagnant Growth
Shared by: David DeWitt on Sep, 2006
Summary: The church like all living things has been created to grow
Anthony Zibolski avatar
Parable of th esower
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on Sep, 2013
Summary: Start a new series detailing the importance of sowing God's Word into good soil and allowing God to nurture it so you accomplish all that God desires from your life. Which results do you desire? How much of your life are you willing to commit to the Lord?
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,447
Larry Turner avatar
The Promise Of Understanding
Shared by: Larry Turner on Mar, 2013
Summary: Jesus promises that when we pay attention, understand, and obey what we have been taught He will give us the keys to unlock the secrets of the Kingdom.
Scripture: Matthew 13:11-13
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 671
Larry Turner avatar
The Kingdom Come
Shared by: Larry Turner on Feb, 2013
Summary: In the Garden of Eden sin decided to invade and seperate man from the Kingdom rule of God. However two thousand years ago Jesus came to re-establish that Kingdom rule through us. The Kingdom has come and the battle has begun.
Kyle Gray avatar
Parables, Gifts Wrapped in Red
Shared by: Kyle Gray on Dec, 2012
Summary: This is NOT a breakdown on specific parables and meanings, it's a study into WHY Jesus used parables.
Rick Boyne avatar
Back to the Basics - Evangelism
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Jul, 2012
Summary: It is the believer’s responsibility to share the gospel; it is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to save people.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,199
Robert Sickler avatar
Salvation - A Relationship
Shared by: Robert Sickler on Apr, 2012
Summary: To place our faith in the performance of a salvation ritual is to place our faith in the person leading us to the ritual; but, if we place our faith in a relationship with Jesus Christ we have placed our faith in the author and sustainer of salvation.
Jason Jones avatar
Four Soils and The Gospel
Shared by: Jason Jones on Jan, 2012
Summary: A sermon dealing with the different types of "soil", or hearts, in which God plants His Word, and the evidence of faith the seed produces.
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,913
Warner Pidgeon avatar
Seeds need good soil and nurture to grow
Shared by: Warner Pidgeon on Oct, 2011
Summary: A short talk for our Church harvest festival attended my many people including a family celebrating a baptism.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 1,197
Isaac Butterworth avatar
Kingdom Inefficiency
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Jul, 2011
Summary: Jesus keeps reaching out to us, even though we have rejected him.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 515
Charlie Roberts avatar
God, "Is Still In The Miracle Working Business"
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Jun, 2011
Summary: Its like they go to a great feast, have the finest table spread and a seven course meal of all meals set before them, but they never partake of the meal, They go away empty handed every time, They don’t even ask for a doggie bag for later, in case they c
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:3-9
Views: 11,313
Glenn Durham avatar
The Soil of the Soul
Shared by: Glenn Durham on Mar, 2011
Summary: God must be sought by those whose soil is not nurturing the fruit of the Spirit.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 5,563
Glenn Durham avatar
Why Speak in Parables?
Shared by: Glenn Durham on Mar, 2011
Summary: God’s Kingdom advances by seeing and hearing Jesus.
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:10-17
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,727
Ross Cochrane avatar
Matthew 13:10-17 – HOW TO GUAGE YOUR SPIRITUAL APATHY – Part 3
Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Jan, 2011
Summary: The sounds of the city snatches away our attention and the persistent voice of Christ’s love fights to be heard above the collective sighs of our APATHY. Just like the parable of the Sower and the Soils.
Series: Matthew
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-17
Views: 3,665
Ross Cochrane avatar
Matthew 13:1-17 - A BACKHOE WOULDN’T GO ASTRAY! - Part 2
Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Jan, 2011
Summary: Wait a minute! No, this is not about "15 minutes of fame". It’s about "sowing and reaping" longterm. It’s not "The Farmer wants a wife". It’s the FARMER WANTS A CROP. Jesus may have achieved CELEBRITY STATUS but He is not interested in walking out on the
Series: Matthew
based on 16 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-17
Views: 818
Ross Cochrane avatar
Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Jan, 2011
Summary: In the middle of an argument, my Mum would say something like this - "Maybe if you LISTENED for a change, you would understand what I am trying to tell you!" So often I am not so much listening but simply waiting for the other person to finish so that I c
Series: Matthew
Jay Bunting avatar
Baptism of Jesus
Shared by: Jay Bunting on Jan, 2011
Summary: The deeper meaning of the baptism of Jesus
based on 8 ratings
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 5,261
Diana Ball avatar
Shared by: Diana Ball on Jan, 2011
Summary: We are discussing how to listen well as Jesus referenced in LUKE 8:18.
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:3-9
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 712
Raquel Martinez avatar
El Sembrador
Shared by: Raquel Martinez on Oct, 2010
Summary: Dios quiere que seamos sembradores de la Palabra.Nuestro deber es sembrar y dejar el resultado a Dios.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,536
L Lee avatar
How to study parables
Shared by: L Lee on Oct, 2010
Summary: The word parable is translated from the Greek word parabole which means “to place beside”. A parable, then is a story that places one thing beside another for the purpose of teaching. How then should we study parables?
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 1,821
Chris Kelly avatar
How Jesus Speaks Through the Supernatural II
Shared by: Chris Kelly on Sep, 2010
Summary: Jesus is speaking to us today. Are we listening? This is the fourth in a series of messages explaining how Jesus communicates to us today
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:14-16
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 954
Martin Wiles avatar
How's Your Hearing?
Shared by: Martin Wiles on Sep, 2010
Summary: God's Word encounters various types of heart soil as it preached and taught, and a person's response is determined by what kind of preparation has taken place.
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 504
David Henderson avatar
One Nation Under God .... Again
Shared by: David Henderson on Aug, 2010
Summary: In this message I am focusing on the great Christian heritage we have in America and pleading for a return to ur roots as a nation.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 13:12-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,671