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Interpretive Journey Paper Selected passage: Mathew 13:1-9 RLGN 325D01 LUO Nancy J. Camacho-Cortes Professor Kevin McGinn 08/11/2019
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RLGN 325 Interpretive Journey 2 Introduction According to 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. These verses contained in the bible cut across all generation and culture, and it is thus imperative that they be a well explained to ensure that they meet their purpose and they don't lose relevance for some people. This process includes the understanding of the original context that scripture was written for, getting the principle being passed across and trying to place that principle in a setting that can be understood by the recipient. Mathew 13, for instance, is scripture written more than 2000 years ago, and it contains some ethical teachings that are relevant to this day and age. Step 1: Grasp the Text in their Town Mathew 13:1-9 introduces us to Jesus. in this instance, Jesus had sat by the sea, and a multitude of people had gathered around to listen to him. This happened for people enjoyed and marveled at the authority by which he taught the world not forgetting the many miracles that he performed. He got into a boat and explained many things. He used parables to make the teaching more relatable to his audience and more memorable. We are told that he taught of a Sower who went out to sow and some of the seeds fell on good ground others on stony places, others among thorns and others along the way. The people back then were farmers. As Jesus was teaching this, they could vividly picture a farmer who went out and how the various seeds fell. These people without a doubt were able to know that the seeds that fell on the stony ground could not grow for 2
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RLGN 325 Interpretive Journey 3 they lacked earth. 1 They knew by experience that seeds that fall on the way will be food for the bird and those that grow among thorns will become for a while, but eventually, they will be chocked by the thorns. They also understood that seeds that fall on the good ground could produce. Therefore as Jesus taught these, the people understood what they were taught and could and paint a picture of the importance of good soil. Soil that would allow the seed to grow and produce. They were also able to comprehend that other soils were not good for the soil. Therefore when Jesus related the seeds to the word of God and the ground to being the ground, on which the seed fall, these people fully understood what he was teaching for it was something they were accustomed to.
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