Exodus 23-24, Matthew 13:1-30
This was my first full read! I’m new and already loving this! 364 days to go! Amen!
I get behind and get caught up. Today I’m behind. But I hope you might come back here to read this little word of encouragement!! Welcome aboard!! I pray you stay hungry and returning for the delicious Word of God that is served up in this sweet program. It encourages me too whenever people post their thoughts!
I think the analogy of the tares in the wheat holds a key to why evil exists. In verse 29, the owner does not wish to uproot the good wheat with the tare. It is safer to do so after harvest. Likewise, God does not wish to uproot the good in the world with the evil. After all, He does bring good from even the worst situations. So we look forward to judgement day when all will finally be set right.
Huh. That actually helped me understand that a bit more! Thanks Rebecca!
Jesus explains it a few verses later, and that’s pretty much what he says it means!
these lat few days I have been struggling but these verses have helped!
I just noticed something new about the parable of the sower. The seeds that fall on good soil have different yields. Some yield a hundredfold, others fifty fold, and still other thirty fold. I think this shows that God uses each of us in unique ways. Because of culture and society, I selfishly place one hundred over thirty. But I don’t think Jesus used the numbers to indicate overall value. God uses teachers to reach hundreds if not thousands of students. He also uses stay at home moms to invest in their children and families for His glory. God is so great and good and other!
I’ve never thought of it that! God doesn’t measure us and our abilities the same way we measure ourselves. I have been on a couple missions trips and plan to be a full time missionary once I’m done with school and sometimes I think people put me on a pedistal and think that I am so much better or more holy than they are when in reality I go through the same struggles and trials as they do.
Let’s try that one again!
What do you all think it means in 24.17 when it says ‘the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire…’?
It reminds me of the verses in Deuteronomy and Hebrews where it says ‘our God is a consuming fire’, but I’ve never been able to figure out what the writers are trying to say with that. Fire is destructive and dangerous, and I’ve never been able to reconcile that with a loving God.
So I think maybe fire is used to describe God because of how powerful and mighty fire is. Also, there are so many songs about God setting fire to our soul and the Holy Spirit doing the same. I also know that in Methodism, the flame is used along side the cross. It’s definitely a constant symbol in Christianity! I know that in the early parts of the bible God is described as fire because of his consuming all of the Israelites hearts and so they would worship no other gods. The fire is also a depiction of His wrath towards sin and especially the worship of other gods!
While God is loving He is also all powerful, all mighty, Just, All knowing, fierce. God is not a gentle God in the Old Testament. He is a God of Wrath and true judgement being poured down on those who do wrong. Not until the New Testament is Jesus described as the lamb of God, a much more gentle analogy.
What do you all think it means in 24.17 when it says ddevouring fire’ on the top of the mountpeoIsrael.
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