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Matthew 13:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Monday - June 22 - Read Matthew 13:1-3 Reading parables can be a bit tricky. Many parables outside of the Bible teach a moral lesson. For example, the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a parable that teaches about the negative effects of lying and the “Emperor’s New Clothes” teaches about the negative effects of pride. The parables of Jesus can teach moral lessons,too, but that is not his main concern. In Matthew 4:17 Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” HE is the kingdom and HE had finally arrived. The parables of Jesus are primarily about HIM and how we respond. Do we respond in faith, honor and worship? Or do we reject Jesus and his kingdom? The primary desire of Jesus, and the goal of his parables, is to increase our faith in him.

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