July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

A Story For The Discouraged

Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15

from the book
The Parables Of Jesus And Their Flip Side
Cycles A, B, and C


Jerry L. Schmalenberger



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The response was terrific! I can almost see some of the disciples like Peter, James, and John jumping up and down in excitement. There were crowds and crowds of people. Some were not there to learn but were rather curious about this wonder worker.

They pushed Jesus right out to the water's edge until he had to get in a boat and speak from it. Water does make for wonderful amplification of one's voice. He, seeing a farmer sowing some seed, used that scene to illustrate an important lesson for the crowd and the enthusiastic disciples.

The farmer carrying a bag of seed over one shoulder was reaching in with the other hand and in rhythm with his step, casting the precious seed on the ground. The point Jesus probably wanted most to get across that day was that our results will not all be the same when we try to plant the word of God in other people's lives. That's a ...

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