(The Seed That Fell Among Thorns – Matthew 13:7:22)
* God’s promise when we turn to Him in repentance: (Read again Ezekiel 36:26-38)
Matthew 13:7: “And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them”
Matthew 13:22 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful”
Mark 4:7-19, Luke 12:15-34; 1 John 2:15; Luke 12:15-34; Luke 10:38-42; 1 Titus 6:9; Proverbs 23:26; John 21:16-17; Matt. 11:28; 1 Peter 5:7)
1. What do we understand by thorns that choke the word (Care of this world;
Deceitfulness of riches)
a. First Consideration: The thorns sprang up; the thorns grew
b. Second Consideration: The thorns choked the word; The soil becomes unfruitful.
2. What is the place of these factors as they can contribute to thorns in our Christian walk:
Environment /Community Expectations; Friends; Family; Career/School; Habits/Hobbies; Possessions
3. How can we check our heart and lives for signs that the word is being choked out by thorns?
4. What steps can we take? (Luke 9:62; Hebrews 12:2; Jude 1:21 etc)
5. How can we as the body of Christ help each other?
Life Applications, Meditation And Further Reading:
* The cares of This world and deceitfulness of riches face Christians consistently in
the walk with God
* What am I doing daily to make sure that I am seeking the Lord help to remove thorns in my life, no matter how small they may seem now.(Hagar the Egyptian maid seemed no threat to the plans of God for Abraham and his seed, but that “little” threat of Hagar and Ishmael has grown over the ages). Read 1 John 2 : 15
THE SEED THAT FELL ON GOOD SOIL – MATTHEW 13:8;23
Matthew. 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.
Mat. 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understand it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
1. What is the meaning of fruitfulness? (Genesis. 1:27-28; John 15:1-5; 2 Peter 2:1-10)
2. Why are we commanded to be fruitful? (Matthew 21:18-19; James 5:7)
3. Briefly discuss this parable in the light of “Fruit of the Spirit” – Gal. 5:22; a previous Bible Study
4. How do we position our hearts and lives for fruitfulness? (Matthew 13:23; Ephesians 5:9-10)
5. Consider the seed that fell on good soil:
a. First Consideration: What are the characteristics of the soil that make it good for the seed?
b. Second Consideration: Apart from the seed falling on good soil, what else was done to make the seed fruitful (Leviticus 26:4; Luke 8:15; John 12:24; John 15:4-8)
c. Third Consideration: What makes the difference between the soil producing thirty, sixty and hundred fold increase with the same seed? (Hebrews 4:2)
d. Fourth Consideration: Is it possible to bear fruit in some areas, and not in some? (2 Pet. 1:8).
6. How can we check our heart and lives for signs that the word is bearing fruit?
7. What steps can we take if we se that we are not growing steadily and bearing fruit in the knowledge
of the Lord? Malachi 3:3; 2 Timothy 2 :19-21.
8. How can we as the body of Christ help each other to bear fruit? (Galatians 4:19; 1 Corinthians 3:5)
Life Application (For Personal Meditation and Further Reading:
* Study about the full dimensions from what we know about God’s plan for man from the beginning (Genesis 1:28; Deut. 1:25; Deut. 7:13; Deut. 28:11; Deut. 30:9; Psalm 1:3; Psalm 92:14; Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 17:8)?
* Mediate also on (2 Peter 1:1-11)
THE PARABLE OF THE TARES – Matthew 13:24-30; 38-43; Luke 6:43-44
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-13; Deut 22:9; Isaiah 5:1-7; Galatians 5:19-21; Matthew 7: 13-22; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 12:33; Psalm 139:23-24.
1. What is the Field, Who is the Sower of the Good seed? What is the Good seed (Wheat)? (As explained by the Lord Jesus)
2. What are the Tares? (As explained by the Lord Jesus)
3. Who is the Sower of the Tares in this parable? (As explained by the Lord Jesus). Discuss the different dimensions of the sower of the Tares.
4. How did the servants know/detect that there was a strange seed in the garden? What are the characteristics of the Good seed (the Wheat)? What are the characteristics of Tares (the Weed)? Galatians 5:22-23; Galatians 5:19-21.
5. Reflect on the great pain to the Master in seeing Tares in His garden? Why was the command given that both the good and bad seed should allowed to grow together. What are God’s plans concerning both the Wheat and the Tares- (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9).
6. How can the evil tree be made good? So it can bring forth good fruits? Matthew 12:33; How does this apply to us as believers now?
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