February 14, 2022

The Hidden Things

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”  Matthew 13:35

The rest of Matthew 13 has a list of parables that Jesus told concerning the Kingdom of Heaven.  He talked about wheat and tares, which was a farming scenario again.  He talked about the mustard seed being the smallest of all seeds and He talked about leaven and how even when it is hidden or unseen, the results of it can be seen in its outward circumstances.

I find it most interesting that in today’s verse, it says that it was prophesied in the Old Testament that Jesus would teach in parables/stories to teach secret things that were hidden since the beginning of time.  Jesus didn’t come to hide God’s ways from people, but to reveal great mysteries to them.

It’s the same thing today. God isn’t trying to hide His plans from us.  He wants us to know His intentions and especially His personal plan for your life.  He wants to lead you in that perfect path of righteousness, and He wants you to discover the great faith works that He has for you to accomplish.  However, just as it was in Jesus’ day, you must go to Him to find out the secrets of your journey.  You must purpose to seek Him first and His righteous ways.  That requires you to set aside time each day to commune with Him and press into His goodness and grace.  Only then will He reveal those steps you are to take day by day to fulfill your part in the kingdom of Heaven so that when the day comes to separate the wheat from the tares, you will be found in the company of His produce.

Today I want to encourage you to look for the secret paths He has for you to travel.  It may not always make sense because it requires faith to walk out His plans.  It isn’t blind faith; it is faith in the direction He speaks to your heart through His Word and voice of His Holy Spirit.  Walk closely with Him each day so that you can discern His heart of good things for your life and watch as He reveals secrets to you that have been hidden for you ever since the foundation of the world.  He really does have great things for you to do and walk in, but it is up to you to seek them out.

Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 13:24-43

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 

25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 

26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 

27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 

28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 

29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 

30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 

32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 

35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 

38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 

39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 

40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 

41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 

42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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