January 18, Reading 3 – Matthew 13:1-23

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SAA Notes

Look at the types of ground. It is always salutary to consider the type of soil that our own heart is. The way forward is to hear, understand and practice. Think through one area of your life, which needs weeding.

SJA Notes

The last few passages Jesus has been layering over and over the idea of fruit.

Here we see that unless we are “good soil” then we produce absolutely nothing of value for the kingdom.

None of the other soils: path, rocky ground, thorns; none of these produce real true fruit. They are in the end one and same.

Are we yielding fruit?

It is good to look again at the good soil, and ask: What is different about this one?

From Jesus, “… This is the one who hears the word and understands it.”

So do we hear and understand God’s word?

As with all things, it comes back to Jesus.

John 1 tells us that He is the word of God become flesh. And in John 14 Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

We need to listen to Jesus and do what He tells us!

* Father God,

We want our hearts to be good soil, bearing much fruit.

Please continue to open our hearts and minds as we come before Your Word, as we come to You. Please grant us understanding each day, growing towards Jesus.

Who is Your Word become flesh. Who we love and so we seek to obey.

Help us Lord God, for without You we have no hope. But in You is all the hope of the ages!

Amen.

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