Do You Understand All These Things?

July 29, 2023

Series: Pentecost

Bible Passage(s): Matthew 13:51-52

Sermon Date: July 30, 2023

Matthew 13:51-52 ( Expanded Bible):
51 Jesus asked his ·followers [disciples], “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” 52 Then Jesus said to them, “So every ·teacher of the law [scribe] who has been taught about [become a disciple of] the kingdom of heaven is like the owner [head] of a house. He brings out both new things and old things ·he has saved [from his treasure/storeroom; knowledge of the Old Testament provides insight into Jesus’ “new” message of the kingdom of God].”

This question is meant for us too. Have we understood all that Jesus has spoken about the kingdom of heaven?

Psalm 119:73:
“Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.”

Psalm 119:104:
“Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.”

Psalm 119:130:
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

Psalm 119:144:
“Your testimonies are righteous for ever; give me understanding that I may live.”

Proverbs 14:29:
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”

1 John 5:20:
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Colossians 1:9:
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,”

Ephesians 4:18:
“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13:
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”

2 Thessalonians 3:2:
“… and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.”

2 Peter 1:20-21:
“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”