Chapter 13 closes with Christ’s rejection by His hometown. Jesus came knowing the rejection He would receive. That is amazing.
Every Christian continues to learn and grow in the faith until death. But as they learn and grow, they must at the same time help others grow in the faith.
Because of the Lord’s great love for humanity, He repeats the truth that judgment is coming and it is certain for the unsaved.
In these two parables, Jesus offers tremendous encouragement to those who may think that God is not working and the gospel is not advancing in our day.
There is no treasure on earth that compares to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Christians must be careful not to let that thinking and the mentality of the non-Christian (the tares) world influence our thinking.
The Parable of the Sower tells us that the response people will have to the truth of God's Word will be negative. The Parable of the Tares tells us what will happen to these negative responses.
The soils can represent a non-Christian’s response to the gospel and/or a Christian’s response to the truth of the Bible.
Jesus makes it clear that a person is fully responsible for his rejection of Biblical truth. Each person is responsible for his heart condition; whether it be a humble heart or a hard heart.
In Matthew 13 Jesus gives a lengthy sermon using parables. This was very different from his previous teachings. The parables were a form of judgment against Israel’s unbelief.