Matty’s Briefs

Under the orders of Emperor Sargon of Assyria, the commander-in-chief of the Assyrian army attacked the Philistine city of Ashdod. Three years earlier the Lord had told Isaiah son of Amoz to take off his sandals and the sackcloth he was wearing. He obeyed and went around naked and barefoot. When Ashdod was captured, the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been going around naked and barefoot for three years. This is a sign of what will happen to Egypt and Ethiopia.

(Isaiah 20:1-3) Good News Translation

We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) have an interesting life. At least, we find it to be quite fascinating. As much as we ponder the scope of possibilities that lie before us, what actually happens is sometimes unexpected.

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The Parable of the Sower

“Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit. And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it: they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty.”

(Matthew 13:18-23) Good News Translation

The parable of the sower used to be a source of waking dread for us (that’s me and the Holy spirit). It’s not the parable itself that scares us, it’s how Jesus explained the parable.

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