Rob Croyle begins a look at multiple parables from Matthew 13 in a sermon that challenges us to reconsider our perceptions of how we view people.
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.”
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 9-10
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.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY — The Church is a unity of different members, loving each other and working together for a greater purpose. Everyone has a voice and a role. We will build a community of people from different perspectives, ethnicities, politics, and socioeconomic standings. (Ephesians 4:1-13)
Christ invites you to embrace His Kingdom values.
Your Next Steps:
- Anchor yourself in the word of God.
- Remove the rocky places and the weeds that hinder you from developing deep roots and chokes out what God is doing in your life.
- Share the blessing of your crop.