Stages of Worship




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The crowd that gathered round him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it, while the crowd stood on the shore. He used parables to tell them many things.
"Once there was a man who went out to sow corn. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. But when the sun came up, it burnt the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants produced corn; some produced a hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty." And Jesus concluded, "Listen, then, if you have ears!" … Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means.

Matthew 13: 2 - 9
Matthew 13: 18 - 23

This parable is a picture of how we can endure to grow well and 'ripen'. The meaning of this parable is 'hidden' but explained later in the chapter by Jesus. It is really the soil that gives the plants the strength (endurance) to grow well. As Jesus explains in the later verses it is
his words and teaching which will give us this endurance.

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