Study of Matthew 13 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
9. a. “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them.” Matthew 13:11
“…to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it.” Matthew 13:13
b. Their hearts weren’t open to receive spiritual things. They came to see the sensational miracles or to receive healing for themselves. Because of this, even what they did hear would be lost to them.
c. Matthew 13:11 The disciples were open and trying to understand. Their hearts were not hardened.
Matthew 13:16 “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear!”
d. Many longed to see the coming Messiah and yet He did not come in their lifetime. The disciples were blessed because they were in the right place at the right time, and they had ears to hear so that they perceived it.
10. In recent years, I’ve heard these verses used with regard to finances. The principle applies in that area also, but given the context, Jesus is speaking of spiritual understanding and revelation. The more we seek Him, desire Him, and tune our spiritual radio receiver to the Spirit channel, our understanding and revelation increase exponentially.
We should be like little children enthralled at every word He says.
My heart is not hardened toward God. At least, I don’t believe it is. I try to understand what His word actually says even if it contradicts some sacred cow I’ve inherited—something I have been told all my life.
11. a. They are trying not to hear or see. They have their fingers stuck in their ears and their eyes tightly shut.
b. The US and other predominately (formerly) Christian nations have turned away to the point that it is no longer considered acceptable to mention anything Christian. In the media and entertainment industries, Christians are portrayed as hypocritical, hypercritical, and ignorant.
Just like in the days of Jesus’ life on earth, the institutional church and its spokesmen have done much to warrant the current ambivalence.
There are also persistent blind spots to certain specifics of the Bible’s teaching. Many have heard and believe excuses about why it may not be God’s will to heal certain people.
Jesus healed them all. When He prayed, “If it be your will,” it was not with regard to healing. By doing so, they overlook the hundred verses saying it IS God’s will to heal and deny one of the two things provided in the atonement.