June 20, 2015
This week’s study is based on theparable of….
1. The Setting.
Read Matthew 13:1-2.
Imagine the scene…. a day in Jesus’ life where He tells this parable.
· What time of the day is it?
· What was Jesus doing earlier? Who was he speaking to then? See Mathew 12:38, 46.
· And later? Matthew 13:36.
· Regarding the parable of “The Sower” who is he speaking to? Where is He speaking?
2. The Parable.
Read Matthew 13:3-9.
· Write down the ten characters mentioned.
· Write down the four types of soil including who or what affected each type’s result.
· What stayed the same with each type of soil and what varied?
· What was different about the fourth type that brought about a different result?
3. Why Speak In Parables?
Jesus’ disciples asked Him, ‘Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?’ Matthew 13:10.
Read Jesus answer. Matthew 13:11-15.
Discus the following….
‘Jesus used many stories, or parables when speaking to the crowds. These stories compare something familiar to something unfamiliar, helping us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear. We must be careful not to read too much into the parables, forcing them to say what they don’t mean. Each parable has a central meaning unless otherwise specified by Jesus.’ *
4. Jesus Explanation.
Write down the four types of soil again and what they represent in people’s lives. What is it that causes the people to be unproductive?
Read and discuss and answer the following…..
‘The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting worries and some are receptive. How has God’s taken root in your life? What kind of soil are you?’**
What is God’s goal for your life?
Read 2 Peter 1:3-4.
· What has God provided?
· What do they enable us to share and escape from?
Read 2 Peter 1:5-11.
What are we encouraged to do and what will be produced in growing measure in our lives as a result?
*Taken from ‘Life Application Study Bible’. ** Taken from ‘Life Application Study Bible’.