Matthew 13 Outline
– The parable of four different types of seeds (Matthew 13:1-23)
– The weeds parable (Matthew 13:24-30)
– The mustard seed and leaven parables (Matthew 13:31-35)
– Jesus explains the weeds parable (Matthew 13:36-43)
– The hidden treasure and pearl parables (Matthew 13:44-46)
– The fishing net parable (Matthew 13:47-52)
– Jesus is not appreciated in his home town (Matthew 13:53-58)
Matthew 13 Bible Study
In Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus sat on a boat to teach because there is a large crowd. Jesus taught the people about the parable of the seeds. As the farmer sow the seed, they fell along the road. Some seeds fell on rocky ground and was scorched. There are seeds that fell among the thornbushes which choked the plants. Usually, there is a passageway in the field. The ground on the passageway is hard so the seed will not be able to sprout. Seeds that fell on the passageway will usually be eaten away by the birds. The seeds which fell onto the ground along the passageway are those who don’t understand the message of the kingdom of God so the devil came to steal away the message from them. The seeds fell on rocky ground are those who did not have a firm foundation. When they suffer troubles from the message, they lose faith. The seeds that are sown among the thornbushes are those who lose faith because of the worries in this life. The seeds that are sown on the good soil are those that understand the message. They produce fruits 30 times, 60 times or 100 times.
In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus explain the parable in in Matthew 13:36-43. The enemy is Satan. Satan is responsible for deceiving the people so that they cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The servants is the angels. On the judgment day, the faithful followers who do the will of God will be saved while those who are disobedient will be condemned in Hell. We must submit ourselves to God completely and let him take in charge of our minds. Anything that is of the world comes from the devil. In order to be saved, we must obey God’s commandments in the Bible.
In Matthew 13:31-33, Jesus is telling us to have faith in God. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will be able to tell the mountain to throw itself into the sea. The leaven is the corruption in the community of the churches which will pose threat to the kingdom of God in the end time.
In Matthew 13:34-35, Jesus uses parables to preach to the people, which fulfilled the prophesy of God.
In Matthew 13:44, Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a person who found a hidden treasure in the field. When the person discovered the treasure, the person sell all he has to buy the field. we must not focus on accumulating worldly wealth. Instead, we should focus on gaining heavenly riches. To gain heavenly riches, we must do God’s work and obey his commandments.
In Matthew 13:45-46, the parable of the pearl has the same meaning as the parable of the hidden treasure. The wealth of this world is only temporary and you can’t bring them with you after you die. The heavenly rewards cannot be destroyed like worldly wealth.
In Matthew 13:47-50, Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven as a fish net that is thrown into the lake. When the fish net is full with fish, it is pulled up to the shore. In the end time, the faithful followers and unfaithful followers will be separated.
In Matthew 13:51-52, Jesus said that students of the scriptures are to teach the old and new things that they have learned about the word of God to other people.
In Matthew 13:53-58, the people from the hometown of Jesus do not believe in him. Jesus moved on to other places from Nazareth because the people did not have faith.