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Daily Bible: Explain to us the parable

Daily Bible: Explain to us the parable

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Jeremiah 14:17-22 is a confession of sin and an appeal for mercy. Jeremiah calls out for mercy on behalf of the Hebrew people, who are suffering in exile due to their sin. He confesses that the People of God have been unfaithful, and deserve their punishment. But he also appeals to God for forgiveness and mercy.

Psalm 79:8-13 also pleads to God to have mercy for the glory of His name. God reveals His glory by revealing His love.

In Matthew 13:36-43, Jesus teaches us what happens when we don’t confess our sins and seek God’s mercy.

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

Jesus explains the parable of the wheat and the tare (weeds) planted together. His explanation drives home both God’s mercy for those who turn to Him (the ‘righteous’) and judgment to unrepentant evil doers and those who lead others into sin.

Where in your life do you need to repent, and trust in God’s mercy?

Reflection Questions:
1. What questions do you have regarding your faith?
2. What is confusing to you about Jesus’ teachings?

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