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					                     An 8 Week Study Companion to Matthew 13

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                 Why following Jesus                                          Why God Doesn’t Say, “It’s No Big Deal”
                what you might think...                                               Meditation Questions
                                                                                    For week of January 29th
                                                                                       Matthew 13:31-33
This booklet is a weekly companion to help you explore more of
the mysterious nature of the Kingdom of God revealed in
                                                                   1. Both of these parables reveal two great mysteries about the
Mahew 13. This booklet contains the rst four weeks of this           Kingdom of God. Below each mystery write down how Matthew
eight week session, and each week there is a Biblical meditation      in verses 31-33, describes that mystery of the Kingdom of God.
designed for you to spend more time with the portion of
Scripture that Nate introduces on Sunday.                                •   Mystery 1: The Kingdom of God does not come to us big
                                                                             and obvious, but rather the Kingdom of God comes to us
Keep this tool with you on Sunday so that you can take notes                 small and hidden.
on the sermon and have them available for your meditation
throughout the week.
                                                                         •   Mystery 2: Even though the Kingdom of God comes to us
                                                                             hidden and small, it will grow and have great impact.

                                                                   2. Make a list of the ways in which you see the Kingdom of God
                                                                      around you as both hidden and small, as well as growing and
                                                                      having a great impact?

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Why God Doesn’t Say, “It’s No Big Deal”

                                               If you are not sure how to meditate on scripture, below are 4
                                               simple steps to follow.

                                               1. Find a quiet place and remove distractions.
                                               2. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you ears to hear what He is saying
                                                  to you.
                                               3. Read the passage through nice and slow. Every word matters,
                                                  so pay attention to each one.
                                               4. After reading through the passage 1x, read it again, but this
                                                  time answer the meditation questions below.

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                     Week of the January 8th                                                             Week of January 29th

                      Matthew 13:9-17, 34-35                                                              Matthew 13:31-33

                     The Purpose of the Parables                                                            The Mustard Seed
9  He who has ears,  let him hear.” 10  Then the disciples came and said to      31  He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is
him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”  11  And he answered them,          like  a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.  32  It is
 “To you it has been given to know  the secrets of the kingdom of heaven,          the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the
but to them it has not been given. 12  For to the one who has, more will be       garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not,  even                                make nests in its branches.”
what he has will be taken away.  13  This is why I speak to them in parables,
because  seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear,  nor do they                                      The Leaven
understand.  14  Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that    33  He told them another parable.  “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven
                                     says:                                           that a woman took and hid in  three measures of flour, till it was  all
                “You will indeed hear but never understand,                                                       leavened.”
                and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
                 15  For this people's heart has grown dull,
                  and with their ears  they can barely hear,
                      and  their eyes they have closed,
                     lest they should see with their eyes
                           and hear with their ears
                      and  understand with their heart
                      and  turn, and I would heal them.’
  16  But  blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 
17  For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to
 see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did
                               not hear it.
34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said
nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken
by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has
been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

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           Why Is There So Much Evil In The World?                       Why Does God Seem so Hard to Figure Out?

                     Meditation Questions
                  For Week of January 22nd
                  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

1. Verse 41 tells us that at the end of the age Jesus will send his
   angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all of the causes
   of sin and all the law-breakers. According to this parable, what is
   the cause of all sin and law-breaking? (Hint: verses 38, 39)

2. According to this parable, what has God decided to do in the
   present time about the weeds that cause all the sin and law-
   breaking? What has God promised to do in the future?

3. In what way does this mystery of the Kingdom of God help you
   understand the world that you live in?

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       Why Does God Seem so Hard to Figure Out?                     Why Is There So Much Evil In The World?

                    Meditation Questions
                   Week of January 8th
                  Matthew 13:9-17, 34-35

1. Jesus tells the disciples that both God and people are
   responsible for their ability to understand God’s Word in the
   parables. How do verses 11 and 12 indicate that God is
   responsible? How do verses 13-15 indicate that people are
   responsible for being spiritually dull and therefore unable to
   understand the parables?

2. Can you think of any examples where God’s Word has revealed
   to you mysteries of His Kingdom? These would be things that
   you did not know until God made them known to you.

3. Instead of all of God’s Word being immediate and obvious, it
   seems clear that God wants us to seek him and search for
   understanding about His Kingdom’s secrets and mysteries. Why
   do you think it is so important to seek and search for God and
   His Word?

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                     Week of the January 22nd                                                           Week of the January 15th

                    Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43                                                              Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23
                      The Parable of the Weeds                                                            The Parable of the Sower
 24  He put another parable before them, saying,  “The kingdom of heaven            That same day Jesus went out of the house  and sat beside the sea. 2 And
  may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field,  25  but               great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down.
 while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds  among                And the whole crowd stood on the beach.  3 And  he told them many things
the wheat and went away.  26  So when the plants came up and bore grain,            in parables, saying:  “A sower went out to sow.  4 And as he sowed, some
 then the weeds appeared also.  27  And the servants  of the master of the         seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.  5 Other
 house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your                seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and
 field? How then does it have weeds?’  28  He said to them, ‘An enemy has            immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,  6  but  when
  done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and          the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root,  they withered
gather them?’  29  But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up          away.  7 Other seeds fell among  thorns, and the thorns grew up and
the wheat along with them.  30  Let both grow together until the harvest,          choked them. 8  Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some  a
and at harvest time I will tell the reapers,  Gather the weeds first and bind                         hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
    them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

                                                                                                    The Parable of the Sower Explained
                The Parable of the Weeds Explained                                 18  “Hear then the parable of the sower:  19 When anyone hears the word
  36  Then he left the crowds and went into  the house. And his disciples
                                                                                      of the kingdom and  does not understand it,  the evil one comes and
 came to him, saying, ”Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 
                                                                                    snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown
37  He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.  38  
                                                                                   along the path.  20  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one
 The field is the world, and the good seed is  the sons of the kingdom. The
                                                                                   who hears the word and immediately  receives it with joy,  21  yet he has no
weeds are  the sons of the evil one,  39  and the enemy who sowed them is
                                                                                        root in himself, but  endures for a while, and when tribulation or
the devil.  The harvest is  the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.  40 
                                                                                   persecution arises on account of the word, immediately  he falls away. 22 
Just as the weeds  are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at  the end
                                                                                    As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word,
 of the age.  41  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather
                                                                                   but  the cares of the world and  the deceitfulness of riches choke the word,
 out of his kingdom all  causes of sin and  all law-breakers,  42  and throw
                                                                                   and it proves unfruitful.  23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the
   them into the fiery furnace. In that place  there will be weeping and
                                                                                     one who hears the word and  understands it. He indeed  bears fruit and
  gnashing of teeth.  43  Then  the righteous will shine like the sun  in the
                                                                                    yields, in one case  a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
          kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears, let him hear.

      Week of the Hear God’s Voice?
Why Can’t I Always January 15th                        Why Can’t I always hear God’s voice?

                                                                Meditation Questions
                                                             For week of January 15th
                                                              Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23

                                          1. The seeds are the words of the Kingdom of God that is sown on
                                             each different type of soil. Describe what happens to the seed
                                             on each type of soil (don’t forget about what Jesus said in verses

                                                 b.Rocky ground:


                                                 d.Good Soil:

                                          5. We have all experienced our heart being like all 4 soils: the path,
                                             the rocky ground, the thorns, and the good soil. We have all been
                                             unwilling and unable to receive the words of the Kingdom of
                                             God at different point in our life. Pick one of the types of soil and
                                             write down what that period of time was like for you.

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