The Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven and its Disciples
In Matthew ch. 13, we read about two types of groups as the audience of Jesus’ teaching concerning the good seed. The ones in the first group were His own disciples who were said to have the opportunity to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven (v. 11). The others were those to whom Jesus referred as spiritual blind and deaf (v. 13). The major distinction between these two groups is one important thing that many people miss. Both groups have eyes to see and ears to hear. However, what makes Jesus’ disciples different from the other group was that they got the potential to go beyond the customary seeing and hearing, so they would understand what they see and hear. Because of this quality, they were given merit to receive additional to what they have. Not only additional to the already secured at hand, but also the abundance of it in a continual sense (v. 12).
We need to pause for a second to ask ourselves “how do I analyze and understand what I see and hear?” We need to ask ourselves “what is it that I have currently?” As disciples of Jesus, it is our responsibility to receive more from Him and have it to its fullest abundance as we try to go beyond the normal habits of seeing and hearing; we need to also understand!
Understanding is one way to become a good ground/soil that bears fruit some hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.” (Matt 13:52 [NET])