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Get It? Got It? Good!, Part 1

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June 21, 2021 7:05 am

Get It? Got It? Good!, Part 1

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June 21, 2021 7:05 am

The King’s Kingdom: A Study of Matthew 8–13

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Chuck Swindoll
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Let's be perfectly transparent. Sometimes the words of Jesus surprises like sometimes when we read what Jesus said where kinda perplexed his stories, his metaphors leave us scratching our heads today on Insight for living trucks went all this teaching from Matthew chapter 13 in this section of Scripture, the writer recorded several different stories from Jesus during today's program truck provides helpful context, so we can fully understand what Jesus was saying to his disciples job title. Today's message get it. God years ago in another church I was serving gentlemen who admitted ministry for many more years than I came up to me following service and he said cannot talk with you about something is at your he said listen very carefully, especially when you present the gospel and reset always appreciated that you make it known that Christ died for our sins, and that it's all about his grace and is the blood of Christ, he said, but often you leave out a very important word okay what is it said it's the word complete. He paid the complete penalty for our sin.

He said when you tell people he he prayed for ourselves. They probably think he made a down payment.

I like there's something left to pray. Make it clear that when he died he he he paid it all the complete payment for sin Don Barnhouse who lived years ago and was one of the main voices for Christ in the previous generation of pulpit in Philadelphia for many years used to say it's important we know what that that hymn says it does not say Jesus prayed three fourths one fourth a.m. We all say left a crimson stain, he washed it like pink. There's just something wrong with not only does it not rhyme is harassing. So always remember this when you look at the cross. The complete payment for sin. The penalty held against you and me for our sins.

The complete payment was made by his blood as he died for us when he said it is finished.

He mentioned not only was the work of salvation finished but all our needing to add anything to that work was all over. No amount of sacrificing no amount of penance. No long-term attempt to earn or by or somehow find a way to add to our salvation is needed. He paid it all. If you've never trusted in this one who paid it all for you, put on earth are you waiting for you may not feel the intense need for that right now though I would probably argue with you when you're down moments. You certainly need him.

But when you pass from this life to the next. That's the only thing you will have. To claim is your ticket into his heaven, trusting him with your heart, all your heart, lean only on him.

Be assured that he paid the complete penalty for your sin and at any time you wish. In this service or any place around here or any time at home. The Lord grips you.

You turn your heart over to him. Once you've done that never have to do that again you are eternally secure.

Once you trust in Jesus.

Until then, you're not at all secure now for the second message of the day.

I like to have you turn to Matthew chapter 13 really looking at verses 44 through 52. As we continue on through these short stories that Jesus told when he was modeling with the massive, but as in this case when he is with a small group of his disciples will see how I know that when we get into it. Matthew 13 beginning at verse 44 you follow along.

Verse 44 the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field in his excitement he hit it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls when he discovered a pearl of great value. He sold everything he owned and bought. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind, when the net was full. They dragged it up onto the shore and set down and sorted the good fish into crates, but through the bad ones away. That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The Angels were common. Separate the wicked people from the righteous throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace for there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you understand all these things. Yes, they said we do. Then he added, every teacher of religious law, who becomes a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like homeowner or a housemaster who brings from his storeroom knew GM's of truth as well as Matthew sure to download his searching the Scriptures.

Studies by going to Insight another message from Chuck titled get it. Got it good to talk to take in the world by storm is an amazing thing that a speaker can stand in front of a group of people they don't know each other, but within a matter of a very few moments that individual has captured their attention, which is one of the goals of all Ted talks, you grab the attention of the listener to communicate things that are interesting and will in the long run. You inspire these people who listen to reimagine their lives. If you're involved. The social media. You certainly have seen some Ted talks yourself. One man is called them the gold standard for public speaking. Ted stands for technology, entertainment, design, and when you hear someone who was a presenter at the tent talk gatherings you find that that individual is in fact a representative of one of those areas, and here she could divide his talk in one of three parts. It is emotional in that it touches the heart of the listener.

It is novel, and that they teach things you didn't know before and it's memorable as they present things that have content, you just cannot forget one of their desires is to is to have jaw-dropping illustrations. If you've ever watched a Ted talk, you know how true that is. One lady said that she spoke for a few moments, you have probably never seen a human brain so she snapped her finger at a person walks out with the tray on the tray is a human brain so she drags it off as a spinal cord dangling he said this is a human brain.

What about then nobody else is thinking about lunch. Nobody is thinking about that afternoon.

Every body is riveted on to the brain and the spinal cord and what she has to say about Bill Gates was one of the presenters and as many of you know he and his wife involved in philanthropic activities and places that are Third World people who are without clean water or they have enough food or whatever and they use some 90% of their income for those purposes. He's there as he presents his particular talk on the ravages that malaria can bring is it. Isn't it amazing that at a tiny tiny insect. A mosquito penetrate the skin of a human being and within a matter of hours if not before long. That day, there's dysentery high fever, loss of energy, and quite possibly brought to the doors of death, just a mosquito may not seem that important. So he pulls a veil off the glass dome that sitting beside him on the table and he said in this noble swarm of mosquitoes heroes let them out so I called that I draw under a job or a breaking jaw-dropping illustration all of a sudden you don't want to get stung.

Obviously, there are not of that particular disease but you get the feeling is just a tiny little insight will forgot to tell you all, Ted talks connote cannot go longer than 18 minute long enough to be taken seriously, but short enough so as to keep people's attention and also the third reason is that I would never be invited to speak at a Ted talk because I can't get my Bible open in 18 minute heart but I'm fascinated by this unique presentation.

There's an there's this incredible ability to communicate because you can hear the song in the heart of the presenter. You don't get invited without having a song in your heart, which is another way of describing passion. If a person is not inspired by what the subject is you as a listener will never be inspired to return while watching one this past week and I haven't watched many in my life but I was told about it from a friend of mine on. I got on the Internet pulled one of those fascinating I thought about watching Jesus would have been the perfect 10 presenter think about perfect impeccable material that grabs attention ideas so original. Many had never heard the things before and memorable delivery. How about reimagining your life after hearing Jesus speak everyone of us would many did in his day and talk about Ted talk going viral.

Jesus is would have done so by the way, never taught 118 minutes always bothered me about him, but he knows better than I do how long it takes. Some of them out 15 minutes. Most of the parables from a minute to three minutes. You gotta grab your attention. He's caught before you know it is driving home, something that matters. Matthew 13 is a it is a chapter full of these kind of talks.

The call parables. A familiar setting place alongside something about spiritual nature that's unfamiliar and the familiar helps illustrate what he means in the unfamiliar is interesting when you get to the first part of Matthew 13 that is not even in a room where there were not distractions. He is, in fact, verse one. Sitting beside a lake. In fact, he's in a boat and his his audience is standing up these sitting in the boat and there standing up so they could guitar they could shuffle around. They could be distracted by whatever noise or whatever birds of the air. Whatever sounds in the distance, but I read nothing of their being distracted.

He tells them first about souls and soil as he describes see the throne on four different kinds of soil.

And you're listening because you never heard anything like that before.

Nobody ever told that story before he realized soon that it isn't about dirt and actual seeds.

It's about the soul and having the seed of truth someone in some souls were hard. Some hearts are shallow, some are preoccupied and busy submit did their first ready to take the true that we know all of that because Jesus himself interpreted when you get to verse 24 he tells another story on this one is about week and weeds of opening that never heard this story before, though they have seen it through their lives, but he has a story to tell them so they can understand how right and wrong grow up together because the weeds would give a poisonous green were as the sweet nourishing product rather than talking about shirking out the weeds early pieces let them grow together, you're curious about that, but right and wrong continue then what he doesn't tell he doesn't interpret that story until you get to verse 36 look at the verse in Matthew 13 we read, leaving the crowds outside Jesus went into the house with his disciples. Now he knows everybody in his ability. Earlier he didn't know most of ever many people that Lakeshore that he had never met.

They listened.

He interpreted them story but he comes into the house and is 12 are there within. I can imagine them as they look at him and say in the verse 36 what in the world with the Wheaton weeds about what you mean by that Jesus doesn't rebuke him. He never shames his audience he never makes you feel uncomfortable because you don't get it unless you don't care if you care and don't get it will help you they want to know really you remember last time we were together.

Well, the farmers, the settlement in the field is the cost loss. The world system.

The good seed represents people of righteousness.

The bad seed represents the wicked the enemy who planted the weeds.

None other than the devil.

And then there is the harvest which is the end of the world and there are the harvesters the Angels who separate the righteous from the unrighteous. There is much dialogue there because the story of the unrighteous is a very sad ending. We read in verse 42, the Angels throw them into the fiery furnace for there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. I know I you going to the universities and set on the teachers who mock stuff like this you been taught otherwise.

Or maybe you grew up in a family that was; hell are you kidding I love the literal lake of fire. But let me ask you since he's never lied to us before, why would he now lied to us here. If there's nothing to it.

What would prompt him to say what he does here at even say a similar thing.

A little later as were going to see today if there is in the literal lake of fire and if there isn't literal eternal torment just because it makes us uncomfortable. Doesn't make it an accurate were intrigued by what we should be more than that. I think the disciples were receiving read back into the disciples centuries of time we give them credit for knowing things that I don't believe they put together yet. I think their jaws often dropped open as he told him what he had to tell the see what he says at the end of verse 43 and I say to everyone of you. Anyone with ears to hear you got those don't you course you do should listen and understand what wise counsel. We fritter away our time watching television looking for places to be entertained. How little we spend in silence, listening so that we can come to an understanding of the having said that, I want to commit your excellent listener. Not every church absurd has had a congregation listen like I commend you. We learn only when we did this, imagine the way the disciples listen to Jesus. Rapt attention as he described the difference between those who follow him.

Those who don't. The placeholder place right here in Matthew 13 because Chuck Swindoll will resume our study on Tuesday's program and is in the studio to share a closing comment with you as well.

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After all, the last year has been riddled with unwanted surprises has been during this season of hardship our nation impact our entire world has been bombarded with emotional bombshells, the kind that rattlers spirit and make us feel well exhausted to his listeners and began to us today, Jesus opens his arms and says come to me and I will give you rest, my friend, this is our mission at insight for living ministries and it's my promise to you today.

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