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God scatters the message of his Kingdom for all to hear

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And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 

Out of all the parables to explain, Jesus chose to pull back the curtain on only one – the story of the sower and the seed. Then, out of all the things to point of about this parable, Jesus explicitly confirms, “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11). Jesus graciously strips the ambiguity out of this story for his disciples, so there would be no confusion as to what he means. The seed God spreads is his word and as God scatters his word, we would do well to pay attention to it.

But, what exactly is God’s word? Glad you asked. This is where the parable, although specific, remains to be interpreted. The “word of God” is a concept jam-packed with meaning, overflowing with multi-layered significance because God’s been communicating from the beginning – through his spoken word, his written word and his living word, Jesus. Throughout all generations, God’s been speaking truth about his character and about humanity’s need for relationship with him. Simply put, the “word of God” is the message of God’s kingdom – the gospel.

God scatters the message of his Kingdom for all to hear. Yet, this message is not clear to everyone. Jesus purposely cloaks the secrets of the gospel in story format so those with hard hearts will not truly understand. This way, God always initiates but we – the hearers – are held mutually responsible for the fruitful outcome. So, today praise God for his faithfulness in continuing to spread the truth of the Gospel and for your ability to hear and receive! Praise God for the specific ways he speaks to you. If you’re having some difficulty noticing how God speaks to you, identify your sacred pathway from Gary Thomas’ book. Perhaps you simply need to shift your attention to notice God’s word in a fresh way.

 

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking
in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body,
that is, the church, of which I became a minister
according to the stewardship from God
that was given to me for you,
to make the word of God fully known,

 the mystery hidden for ages and
generations but now revealed to his saints.
 To them God chose to make known
how great among the Gentiles
are the riches of the glory of this mystery,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:24-27

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By Yvonne Biel 

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