Sunday, January 12, 2014

Matthew 13:31 - 35, 44 - 58; Lesson 14

John's study this week:

Content (Summarize 10 – 15 statements on the passage)

Matthew 13:31-35

1. Matthew 13:31 - 32 Jesus gives us the parable of the kingdom of heaven being like a mustard seed planted  and grows in the garden to become a tree and give support to birds who come and rest in it.
2. Matthew 13:33 – 33 Jesus gives us the parable of the kingdom of heaven being  like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
3. Matthew 13: 34 – 35 Jesus spoke of many things, always in parables thus fulfilling the prophesy:  “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”

Matthew 13:44-58

4. Matthew 13:44 - 44 Jesus gives us a parable of the kingdom of heaven being like treasure hidden in a field which when a man finds it, hides it again then sells all he has and buys the land where he hid it.
5. Matthew 13:45 – 46 Jesus gives us the parable of the kingdom of heaven like a merchant looking for fine pearls, who when he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
6. Matthew 13:47 – 48 Jesus gives us the parable of the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish, and when it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore, then sat down and collected the good fish in baskets and threw the bad away.
7. Matthew 13:49 – 51 Jesus then added and confirmed that we understand that this last parable speaks of the end of the age when angels will separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
8. Matthew 13:52 – 52 Jesus then teaches that  every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
9. Matthew 13:53 – 57 Jesus then taught in his home town where He taught people who marveled at his wisdom and questioned where he got his power taking offense in their unbelief to which Jesus said to them “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”
10. Matthew 13:58 – 58 Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Divisions (Two – three main summaries of passage being studied)

Matthew 13:31 – 32 Jesus teaches us prophetically that the church will grow from its humble beginning to a church that will reach the world for Christ.
Application: What are you doing to promote the growth of the church and the shelter it offers?

Matthew 13:33 – 35 Jesus teaches us that corruption (leavening) or worldly influence in the church is inevitable and will weaken the message of the Gospel.
Application: Cling to Jesus and His truth; do not stand for the corruption that may easily ensnare others.

Mathew 13:44 – 58 Jesus teaches us that He seeks to have us as His treasure or pearl, and values us to have us at any cost, to the point of his sacrificial death.
Application: How do you see yourself, as a treasure or pearl to Jesus? Remember not to hang on to guilt or past wrongs as you have been forgiven and the past forgotten.

Subject Sentence (Ten words or less)

Parables teach of growth, corruption, and value of God’s church.

AIM (Single / main point of teaching for the passage)
TCTATC that Jesus seeks us as one who values a pearl (believers) and happily gives all to possess us.

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