Saint Coleman Church Podcast

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Gospel of Matthew - Chapter 13

In this episode, we delve into Matthew chapter 13, exploring the transition from Jesus's healing ministry to His use of parables. We discuss the profound significance of parables and how they convey deeper truths.


  • There's a transition from Chapter 12, which focused on Jesus's healing ministry, to Chapter 13, where Jesus conveys deeper truths through parables. Parables are fictional stories with deeper meanings, a form of conveying truth through storytelling (mythos) as opposed to observable, scientific facts (logos).
  • Jesus's disciples often struggled to understand the meaning of the parables, necessitating explanations. The stories were often told during Jesus's travels around Galilee, with the disciples following.
  • Jesus uses things his listeners are familiar with in his parables, like agriculture. The disciples ask Jesus why he speaks in parables. He explains that not everyone has been given the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven.
  • The parable of the wheat and the weeds is introduced. Jesus explains it's about the Son of Man sowing good seeds (sons of the kingdom), but the devil sows weeds (sons of the evil one). The harvest represents the end times when angels separate the wicked from the righteous. Those who accept the gospel will shine in the kingdom, while those who reject it will suffer.
  • When Jesus returns to his hometown, his wisdom astonishes people, but they take offense because they know his humble origins. He performs no miracles there due to their unbelief
  • The purpose of Jesus's miracles is not to satisfy wants, but to lead people with open hearts toward conversion.