Logan Daily continues though our look at some of the parables of Jesus with the infamous parable of the sower.
P’SHAT – Surface. The truth that is found on a p’shat level can be incredibly profound and profoundly applied.
REMEZ – Hints. The rabbi has hidden a special treasure that is unlocked with a familiarity of the Old Testament text.
DRASH – Inquire or Seek. Drash is the idea of truth hidden in story. Once a student has found the hint in the Old Testament text, they are given tools that are going to help them unlock and understand the deeper meanings of the rabbi’s teaching. It should be noted here that the remez in a teaching is always up for debate.
SOD – Secret or Mystery. Sod is connected to mystery and cannot be learned or taught. Sod is a supernatural gift from God (or we might even say the Holy Spirit). An example of this is Peter’s great confession (Matthew 16) where Jesus remarks that “man has not revealed this to you, but only my Father who is in Heaven.”
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
PATH — Doesn’t understand; the evil one snatches it away.
ROCKS — Understands but has no depth; cannot withstand hardship.
THORNS — Understands but cannot let go of idolatry.
GOOD SOIL — Understands and does, producing a crop.
Authenticity — Vulnerability and honesty, both as individuals and a corporate body, will be core to our identity. Without vulnerability, growth is handicapped, trust is lost, and dysfunction is fostered. We will commit to authentic living in order to build trust and strengthen relationships and grow as a community. (1 John 1:7-9)
Christ invites you to improve the soil of your heart.
Your Next Steps:
- Seek community.
- Anchor yourself in the word of God.
- Remove weeds that choke out what God is doing in your life.
- Share the blessing of your crop.