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Secrets of the Kingdom.

Series: Dirt | Week 2: Hard-Hearted

Day Two Luke 8:9-12

9 ”His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He replied, 'You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

“When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.”

11 'This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.'“
Luke 8:9-12 (NLT)

Discover
1. In verse 10, what does Jesus say about the disciples' understanding of the Kingdom of God?
2. Why does Jesus choose to use parables in His teaching?
3. How does this parable explain a secret of the Kingdom of God?

Respond
When you consider the secrets of God's Kingdom, what comes to mind? Reflect on the condition of your heart and ask God to soften any soil that is making it difficult to hear from Him or preventing you from staying curious. God wants to reveal parts of His Kingdom to us and it's important that we have eyes, ears, and hearts ready to receive. Today, consider one secret of God's Kingdom that you can invite Him into and ask God to speak to your heart.

For Further Reading: Take Care How You Hear

For Families with Kids at Home
Is there any place your own heart has hardened toward your children over this last year? If so, take it to God today. Ask Him to keep your heart soft and full of grace as you parent and lead your kids toward Jesus' heart.

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