Summary: God is extremely generous with His word and people respond in various ways.
How do you respond to the Bible?
How do you respond to God’s Word?
Our attitudes and expectations affect how we hear
and receive God’s Word.
They also affect how we use God’s Word for our life.
For many years, I saw God’s Word as something that had to be laboured through.
As something that only demanded I do something…and if I didn’t it made me feel bad.
Other times I treated God’s Word as if it needed to meet my expectations,
and would quickly dismiss it as irrelevant if I didn’t understand something.
But over time something changed.
What I was heard in the bible resulted in me developing a thirst to explore God further.
To wrestle with what I was reading.
To explore further what God had been doing and what He was going to do.
One holidays I remember reading one of the Gospels in one sitting.
And as a result saw God not as someone who demanded things from us
But as someone who is generous, who is forgiving, who is loving and wants everyone to have a great future.
And today we are going to explore how our attitudes affect how we receive what God has to say
and a bit about how God goes about dealing with us.
Some quick background to put you in the picture.
Today’s reading is a parable, a story told to explain something about God and about us.
Jesus told this story early in his ministry.
He had selected his twelve disciples.
Individuals had left their jobs to learn from him and be his disciples.
And already he had a huge following.
People had started to recognise there was something special about Jesus.
Mostlikely caused by a number of things
His teaching that often confronted the rigid religious leaders of the time who were so focussed on point the finger at others.
The fact that he had driven out demons.
The fact that he had publicly healed many people.
The fact that he welcomed people as his disciples who others considered as outcasts.
At like today people followed him for different reasons and with different expectations
As so to the crowd he tells the story we heard the Grades 3 and 4’s tell to us.
And this is a story that has now been told to crowds for over 2000 years
And we are part of that crowd.
So I would like you to put yourself in the crowd.
And listen carefully to what he has to say…
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
(if we use the dvd Matthew 13:3-8)
What did you hear?
Did you just hear a story about some farmer who was a bit careless and threw seed into places that had no hope of bearing much crop, and one place that did prove very profitable?