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Parable of the Sower (part 2) - custodians of kingdom mysteries

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 27, 2023 | Matthew 13:10-17


”He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” Matthew 13:11 (NIV)


This parable was intended to communicate to the disciples of Jesus rather than the crowds that had gathered. Because what is the point in speaking to people knowing that they do not or will not understand? Jesus’ disciples approached him and asked why He spoke parables to the crowds instead of speaking plainly to them. His response to them underscores the fact that the parable was directed at them, not the crowds. He made it clear to them that as his close disciples, he expected them to understand the parables to be able to explain it to the others.

He expected them to have certain qualities to represent him as custodians of the kingdom mysteries; seeing, hearing and understanding. These three qualities are more spiritual than physical, seeing with their spiritual eyes and hearing with their spiritual ears are intended to build a certain understanding in their hearts of the things of God and position them in the place where they will receive the healing of their souls. (“Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them” Matthew 13:15b). We are also expected to have these three qualities to be able to function as custodians of the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

The soul of humanity is sick because of sin, and only by the word can we see, hear, and understand that God’s healing can come to us. Believers are the custodians of the mysteries of the kingdom of God… (1Cor 4:1). This mystery the scriptures say is foolishness to those who are perishing… (1 Cor 1:18). This mystery the scriptures say; if the rulers of this age had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:7-8).


God has chosen to save a sick world and the sick human soul through the foolishness of preaching; preaching the mysteries of His Word - the word of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That mystery has been revealed in us Christians and we have been handed the message of reconciliation to preach the mysteries to save others. We are to preach what we have heard, seen, and understood as custodians of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God to save the lost, just as we have been saved. We are saved to save others. How well are we faring in this great commission for the kingdom assignment?


I thank you, Heavenly Father that my eyes have seen your salvation, my ears have heard your word and my heart can understand the mystery of salvation. Help me to preach this mystery to save many souls that are perishing. For your dear Name’s sake. Amen.



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