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Lesson # Matt. 13:1-2
Study Material - Matt. 13:1-2
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1 [de] The same [en] [ekeinos] day [hemera] went [exerchomai] Jesus [Iesous] out of [apo] the house [oikia] , and sat [kathemai] by [para] the sea side [thalassa] .
2 And [kai] great [polus] multitudes [ochlos] were gathered together [sunago] unto [pros] him [autos] , so that [hoste] he [autos] went [embaino] into [eis] a ship [ploion] , and sat [kathemai] ; and [kai] the whole [pas] multitude [ochlos] stood [histemi] on [epi] the shore [aigialos] . KJV-Interlinear
1 On that day Jesus went out of the house, and was sitting by the sea. 2 And great multitudes gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole multitude was standing on the beach. NAS
Chapter 13 begins a very subtle transition between the Old Testament and the what will become the New Testament periods. We refer to the various ages in the Bible as dispensations. Our current age is called the Church Age, or the Age of the Royal Family. Whereas the previous dispensation was called the Age of Israel. We in fact interrupted that dispensation just as a parentheses interrupts the flow of a sentence, then the parentheses terminates, and the original sentence resumes.
So too, our dispensation is often referred to as an interruption or a parenthetical interruption of the Age of Israel. Daniel describes a period of seventy weeks of years remaining within the Age of Israel, in his seventy weeks prophecy. At the end of the 69th week of years, and at the beginning of the seventieth week of years there would be a great period of tribulation. That final week of years (seven years) was to terminate with the second advent of Christ and then the Kingdom of God would be established.
But the 69th week ended at the Cross and the seventieth week of years was postponed and did not occur. Jesus has already described to the Pharisees, when they asked if He was Elijah who was to return to announce the coming of the kingdom. Jesus stated that it was John the Baptist who 'could have been that Elijah', but was not. Why? Because they (Israel) rejected Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, the representative from God (the Father), the Savior and so forth. If they had accepted Him, then He would certainly have set up His Kingdom then, but that was not to be.
Did God make a mistake? No. He looked down through the tunnel of time and saw the rejection by the Israelites for centuries, despite their many privileges as the nation of Israel and the line of Christ. So since they rejected Him, He turned to another group of peoples (gentiles) and gave them a reasonable amount of time to become His Royal Family, but without all the miracles of the Old Testament, and with only the written word to go by. This is a reference to ourselves.
There are eight parables in this chapter which will is some form describe the rejection of the Jews (those people from Judea), and the embracing of God by the gentiles. Thus the transition begins to take form. This is also presents a comparison of any and all peoples who are either positive or negative toward God.
Jesus goes out of the home in which He was teaching, and is followed by great crowds. One would think that these crowds were drawn to Him because of His identity as being the Son of God, but that too was not to be. The people were merely awed by His ability. How could a man, a son of a carpenter, have received such extraordinary abilities in performing miracles? The miracles were not and could not be ignored nor denied. The Pharisees tried as they may, to discredit His identity even to the point of saying that He was a representative of Satan, or the Lord of the Flies. Remember the piles of dung covered with flies passages.
The masses were simply impressed with the show. Many came to get healed. Many came to watch the healing. Few listened to the teaching. Jesus gave instruction in clear words as to His identity and as to the nature of the Pharisees and all who were negative toward Him. They did not listen. So now He will speak in parables, or stories with a point. He will explain these parables to the disciples, but not generally to the masses. Why. Because they don't listen in the first place, and in the second place they won't understand. Spiritual information requires a spiritual frame of reference to understand. And those who are negative simply do not have that ability. Not because it is not available to them, but because they simply choose not to receive it.
Unbelievers need to believe in Christ in order to gain a human spirit and therefore an mechanism for understanding spiritual phenomena. Believers need to be in fellowship in order for the spiritual mechanism to function and make things spiritually clear and understandable.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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