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Bird Eating Seed 154

Familiar to Listeners

Blue Tit Bird Eating SeedJesus countryside teaching such as the parable of the sower in Luke 8.15 explained things which would have already been very familiar to his listeners. Jesus said, "But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." There may have been a farmer actually working his field in the view of the crowd as Jesus spoke. One can imagine Jesus acting out the story as the man reaches into the sack at his side and in a long sweeping arc casts forth the precious grain.✞

The Spiritual Meaning

Mailman Delivers LettersAn equally familiar scene to us today might be the mailman delivering letters, strolling up the drive and depositing them at our door, or stopping to place them in our mailbox. Jesus teaching developed set out to explain the spiritual meaning behind the separate items. Seed, path, birds, thorn bushes and soil all take on a new dimension, revealing new spiritual meaning in a hidden drama.✞

See but not See

Human earJesus concluded, "Listen, then if you have ears!" to drive home the message with a challenge. But when the disciples asked what the parables meant, Jesus revealed another side to this teaching method. Jesus said to them in Luke 8.10, "The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you," "but to the rest it comes by means of parables, so that they may look but not see, and listen but not understand." He seemed to imply by this that his teaching keeps everyone happy. Those who know God personally are struck by the spiritual implications of the message, those who don't know God simply think, "What a pretty story."

"Jesus Countryside Teaching"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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