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Jesus and the Purpose of the Parables, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 1502 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1867 since Jan. 1, 2016)


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Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Jesus and the Purpose of the Parables, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 1502 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1867 since Jan. 1, 2016)

TEXT: Matthew 13:10-17

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

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David McLemore said, “Some won’t understand even when they hear, some won’t perceive even when they see, because they won’t accept Jesus. Everywhere Jesus goes, he runs into opposition. And if they’re going to question everything he says, he’s not going to let them complicate his message for everyone who wants to hear. He’ll speak in a way that the spiritually-abled can hear, through parables. It doesn’t mean those outside are denied belief. It just means that they are denied further insight into the kingdom as long as unbelief continues. As long as they’re alive, there’s an opportunity to repent and believe. That’s why Jesus came! But until they do, Jesus will go to the ones who draw near.”

R.C. Sproul said, “The purpose of parables is to hide the secrets of the kingdom from some and reveal them to others. This does not mean Jesus’ parables are full of esoteric information that only a select few can grasp with their minds. Christ’s enemies often understand exactly what His parables mean; the problem is their refusal to trust His teaching about Himself and God’s kingdom. They choose not to believe our Savior’s words. Those who take up their cross gain more access to kingdom truth; those who reject Him lose whatever insight they had. Parables make the things of God more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who are willfully ignorant.

In our last message in this series, we finished looking at some background information regarding this passage. Now, after Jesus told the parable of the sower to the multitudes, He privately provided the reasons why He taught in parables and an explanation of the parable to his disciples. Before we look at the explanation of the parable that Jesus has provided, let’s look at the reasons why Jesus taught in parables.

David Guzik said, “The same sun that softens the wax hardens the clay; and so the very same gospel message that humbles the honest heart and leads to repentance may also harden the heart of the dishonest listener and confirm that one in their path of disobedience. The parables of Jesus presented God’s message so the spiritually sensitive could understand, but the hardened would merely hear a story without heaping up additional condemnation for rejecting God’s Word. In light of this, those who do understand the parables of Jesus are genuinely blessed. Not only do they gain the benefit of the spiritual truth illustrated, but they also display some measure of responsiveness to the Holy Spirit. ” Isaiah 6:9-10 says, “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

Now let’s look at the nature of the sower and the seed. The seed is explicitly stated to be the word of the kingdom, the Gospel. Jesus does not directly state who the sower is meant to represent, and there are two interpretations of it. The first view says that Jesus is the sower. In the Parable of the Tares, which occurs later in this chapter, that sower is explicitly said to be the Son of man, Jesus Christ. So if Jesus is the Sower in that parable, it makes sense for Jesus to be the Sower in this parable as well, since He is the ultimate source of the seed of the Gospel. The second view is that the sower is meant to represent anyone who shares the seed of the Gospel, first being Jesus, then the apostles, continuing through Christians of every age all the way up to the missionaries and true evangelists of our day. If that view is correct, we find a lesson that we can learn here: The power of the Gospel is not dependent on our power, for God’s word will not come back void. We do not need to be anxious about sharing the Gospel just because we are not skillful speakers or makers of good conversation. John MacArthur said, “The results of the hearing of the gospel always depend on the condition of the soil, not the skill of the sower.” We must share the Gospel, the seed, regardless of what kind of heart, or soil, it falls upon. The sower did not pause to consider the soil on which his seed fell, he simply spread it extensively, and let it fall where it would. We cannot know the hearts of people and only share the Gospel with the people we think will be receptive, we must share it everywhere with everyone, and let it be accepted or rejected as it may. Charles Spurgeon said, “Our business is to scatter the good seed broadcast. We are not to dibble in the Word, we are to throw it as far as we can, and to let it fall wherever God pleases.” Let’s spread the Gospel and leave the results to God.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.