Thursday, October 20, 2016

Covering Our Ears, Making Popcorn, and Influence on Others Posts-

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Therefore speak I to them in parables; because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.  Matthew, Chapter 13, verses 13-17.
I’ve walked up to a child who was upset.  I had planned to distract them from their anger by telling them the class was going to do something fun like cook or do a craft, but they were so angry that they couldn't hear what I was going to tell them.  When they saw me approaching, they covered their ears and started making sounds to block out anything I might say.  I usually walk away thinking that it’s their loss, because they miss out on the fun activity that I was going to tell them about.
It’s a shame that there are still some who aren’t open to hearing that Jesus is our Savior.  They are the ones who will miss out on the opportunity for Salvation, which is sad.  It’s difficult to get through to people when they have deliberately closed their minds, eyes and ears to what we have to share.

Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares [weeds] among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.  The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares ye root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.  Matthew, Chapter 13, verses 24-30. 
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  Matthew, Chapter 13, verses 36-43.
This is also like when you make popcorn.  Pretend all the fully popped kernels are those who believe Jesus is their Savior and try to lead their lives accordingly.  The unpopped kernels or “Old Maids” are those who have fallen prey to Satan’s enticements to live a worldly life.  After you pop the popcorn, you debate whether to pick out all the “Old Maids,” since there are quite a few, or to leave them in.
Some of the popcorn kernels are partially popped, but you decide to count them as “Old Maids,” because they really aren’t the same as fully popped popcorn.  This is similar to people who know Jesus is our Savior, but don’t put any effort into praying or leading a life that reflects their love for Him.  You think about it and decide to dump all the popcorn into a paper bag to eat rather than pulling the “Old Maids” out.  That symbolizes both Christians and non-Christians living together on earth.
The fully popped popcorn is chosen and is removed from the bag, representing the Christians who will be chosen and will have Salvation in heaven.  All the “Old Maids” and partial “Old Maids” will be discarded when you throw the paper bag into the garbage can.  This represents those with a worldly focus who will be going to hell.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want be discarded like an “Old Maid Christian,” so I need to live my life accordingly. Click on the Post title to read a related Bible passage.

Another parable spake He unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.  Matthew, Chapter 13, verse 33.
I’m not really sure what this means but will explain what it makes me think of.  It reminds me of an office that I worked in for the government, some years ago.  When I first started working there, the group of ladies I had break with, spent a lot of time complaining and harping about unproductive issues.  After I felt more comfortable and mentioned my faith in Jesus, I found that some of those ladies opened up about their faith, as well, and the tone of our breaks seemed to change.  They seemed kinder to each other and our discussions weren’t focused around unproductive issues and griping.

I think Christians have the ability to be a positive influence through their example, even though it may seem insignificant at the time.  This may set the foundation for spiritual growth in someone, similar to how the flour grew from a little bit of yeast.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
Please click on comments below to share your suggestions. Thanks! Debbie

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