Summer Reading Plan//Day 7 : Matthew 13-14
1That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.2And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.3And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying,“Behold, the sower went out to sow;4and as he sowed, someseedsfell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.5Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.6But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.7Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.8And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.9He who has ears, let him hear.”10And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”11Jesus answered them,“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.12For whoever has, to himmoreshall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.13Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.14In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,‘You will keep on hearing,but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing,but will not perceive;
15For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
AndIwould heal them.’16But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.17For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not seeit,and to hear what you hear, and did not hearit.18“Hear then the parable of the sower.19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evilonecomes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.20The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;21yet he has nofirmroot in himself, but isonlytemporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.22And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.23And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying,“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.25But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowedtares among the wheat, and went away.26But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.27The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’28And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’29But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.30Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”31He presented another parable to them, saying,“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;32and this is smaller than allotherseeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so thatthe birds of the aircome andnest in its branches.”33He spoke another parable to them,“The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”34All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.35This wasto fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:“Iwill openMy mouth in parables;
Iwill utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”36Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”37And He said,“The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,38and the field is the world; andas forthe good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evilone;39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.40So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.41The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.43Thenthe righteous will shine forth as the sunin the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.44“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hidagain;and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,46and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gatheringfishof every kind;48and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the goodfishinto containers, but the bad they threw away.49So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous,50and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.51“Have you understood all these things?”They *said to Him, “Yes.”52And Jesus said to them,“Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”53When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.54He came to His hometown andbeganteaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Wheredidthis mangetthis wisdom andthesemiraculous powers?55Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?56And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where thendidthis mangetall these things?”57And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them,“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in hisownhousehold.”58And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the news about Jesus,2and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”3For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip.4For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”5Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced beforethemand pleased Herod,7somuchthat he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.8Having been prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”9Although he was grieved, the king commandeditto be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.11And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.12His disciples came and took away the body and buried it; and they went and reported to Jesus.13Now when Jesus heardabout John,He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heardof this,they followed Him on foot from the cities.14When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.15When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”16But Jesus said to them,“They do not need to go away; you give themsomethingto eat!”17They *said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”18And He said,“Bring them here to Me.”19Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessedthe food,and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciplesgave themto the crowds,20and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.21There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.22Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.23After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.24But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.25And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.26When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”28Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”29And He said,“Come!”And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”31Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him,“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”32When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.33And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”34When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.35And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sentwordinto all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;36and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as toucheditwere cured.