Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
Scripture reading for January 19th: Matthew 13
The Jews of Jesus’ day had a hard time figuring Him out! He spoke to them with great wisdom and taught with authority. He confounded the religious scholars of His day and they ended up seeking to kill Him! He told parables that spoke plainly to those with ears to hear and seeking hearts but were meaningless to those who were proud and judgmental. (Matthew 13:11-15)
Parables are stories that relay information at different levels of understanding, depending on the desire of the person to understand truth. The disciples asked Him to explain why he used them. “He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” ” (Matthew 13:11) Parables reveal truth to seekers, but hide truth from the hard of heart. The parable of the sower was all about the sowing of the Word of God and the types of hearts that would not receive or would receive and produce fruit. Those who received the Word would be like the good soil and produce a harvest!
He told a number of other parables and then went to His hometown to teach in the synagogue. The people were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t His sisters with us? Were did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him.” (Matthew 13:54-56) Knowing Jesus as He really is requires more than a genealogy and answers to questions! We must be open to truth about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus could do no great miracles there because of their unbelief! Is your heart “good ground?”