Episode 083 – The Parable of the Soils Pt 2: Listen and Obey
Key Passage(s): Mark 4:10-13; Isaiah 6:8-10; Matthew 13:34-35
Did Jesus tell parables to confuse his audience? A literal reading of the Parable of the Soils seems to indicate that. But what most people don’t realize is that Jesus does something with this parable that he doesn’t do with any of his other parables – he bookends it with the words “to hear.” Whoa! Until this phrase is set within the unfolding narrative of the Bible, it’s impossible to understand what Jesus is doing to help and challenge his audience to understand his words, and why he shockingly quotes Isaiah to prove it. He wants his audience to be like a bumper crop. But in order to do so, they must be willing to not only listen to the word of God, but obediently and courageously walk it out. As disciples of Christ, we must do the same, and this parable instructs on how to do so!
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- It was stated in the teaching, “a disciple is someone who listens and obeys.” What are your thoughts on this?
- It was also stated that this parable is about “preparation and execution.” How do you, or how might you, prepare yourself to hear the word of God?
- How focused are you on setting aside time to engage the words of God?
- How well do you think you are listening? How can you grow in this area?
- Is there any place where you know what God is calling you to do and you’re struggling to do so? Why do you think that is?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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