[This is a devotional comment¹.]
Hearing God’s Word isn’t the same as doing it.
In two verses at the end of a parable Jesus was telling, he identified 3 categories of things that get the way of hearing and obeying what God says in the Bible.
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The parable Jesus is telling to the multitude is about the sower. Here the sower has sown seeds among thorns:
“And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”
Mark 4: 18-19
Let’s itemize these 3 things:
(1) The cares, or worries, of the world.
(2) The deceitfulness of riches.
(3) The desires for other things.
Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list.
Much of Jesus’ distinctive teaching–as well as the 10 Commandments, which Jesus encourages Christian to follow–involves considering generalities that a hearer (or reader) personal encounters. Spending time on the context doesn’t seem as terribly important here as it may in other cases.
A good meditation could be considering how these temptations affect oneself.
¹ “Light” meditations are not the main focus of adozenseconds.com. Usually many things need to considered to properly, and responsibly, interpret Scripture and not make it a prop for one’s personal agenda. But we feel safe here, and so make exceptions from time to time. Consider the source…