Tag: Matthew 13:23
Scripture reading for January 17th: Genesis 43-45, Matthew 13
Key Scriptures: Genesis 45:4-7 “So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God set me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors.”
Joseph called his brothers close and revealed his identity. He told them not to be distressed or angry with themselves, although they had sold him into slavery. God was indeed working out a plan of salvation. They must see the plan and cooperate in faith. Those who do will produce a harvest!
Matthew 13:23 “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Prayer: Father, help me to see Your plan in my situation and circumstances. Allow me to be good soil that yields a great harvest to Your glory! In Jesus’ Name!
Scripture reading for January 9th: Genesis 23-27
Cause for Thanksgiving: Genesis 26:1-3, 13-14 “Now there was a famine in the land–besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time–and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.” “. . .Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundred-fold, because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.”
Isaac was caught in a famine and sought help. The Lord God appeared to him with instructions to stay put and He would bless him. Isaac obeyed the Lord and God blessed him in a land of famine with a “hundred-fold” return and wealth that caused envy of the heathen!
Thanks to our Lord: Jesus promises up to a “hundred-fold return” to those who heard the Word of God and acted on it! We are in on a secret that gives us wealth beyond measure in the heavenly realm! “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)