Compounding Dividends: Matthew 13:1-2
“1) That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2) And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.” Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭
As we transition into chapter 13, Jesus has every reason to be overcome by fear and anxiety. The adversarial relationship with the Pharisees and religious leaders was beginning to intensify. They were bent on destroying Him. It seems from the previous paragraph that His family did not understand or support Him. There was growing family tension.
Yet the above two verses paint a picture of inner calm and tranquility. Jesus knew well that the cross awaited Him, yet He went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.
We can assume the breeze was blowing in His face, the sun was warming Him, the smell of salt water was like a soothing aroma and sea gulls were likely landing about Him. He was soaking in the beauty of the world He created. His five human senses were ministering to Him. He was taking time to smell the roses.
Soon a large crowd began to gather. He loved people. They were the crown of His creation. They were seeking Him. The text paints a peaceful picture of Jesus stepping into a boat, sitting down and teaching the multitude standing on the beach.
They were drawn to Him not merely because of His signs and wonders. His words imparted life and hope. They were there to soak in His teachings. This time He was teaching in parables. He was telling stories with significant life application.
Before we launch into His parables, there is something very precious to gleam from these two verses. It is important to set the tone for each day by seeking Jesus and His Word. Carve out time to seek Him. Make it a priority. Set your cares aside and seek Jesus.
People pay insane prices to for choice seats at a concert or sports event. It has no appeal to me. I cherish and value more my daily time in sweet fellowship and communion with Jesus. I love to bask in His presence. He offers each of us a front row seat. Nothing in this life compares or equals the compounding dividends of spending time daily with Jesus.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global