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The Way To Learn From Jesus





Jesus taught his disciples, saying, "Do not think that I came to set
aside the old law or the teachings of the prophets. I did not come to
set them aside but to complete them.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am kind and
sympathetic, and you will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden
light.

"He who hears these words of mine and keeps them in mind will be like a
wise man who built his house upon the rock. The rain fell, the floods
came, the winds blew and beat upon that house; yet it did not fall, for
its foundation was built on the rock.

"He who hears these words of mine but does not keep them in mind will be
like a foolish man who built his house upon sand. The rain fell, the
floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and
great was its downfall."

At another time when Jesus was teaching beside the lake, such a large
crowd gathered about him that he entered a boat and sat in it, while the
crowd stayed on the shore. He then taught them many truths by means of
stories, and said, "Listen to me. The sower went out to sow, and as he
sowed, some of the seed fell on the road where birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had but little soil, and because
there was no depth of earth it began to grow at once; but when the sun
rose, it was scorched with the heat, and having no root it withered
away. Some of the seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and
choked it so that it bore nothing. Other seed fell on good soil, and
sprouted and grew and bore at the rate of thirty, sixty, and a
hundredfold." And he said to them, "Let him who has ears to hear,
remember this."

When Jesus was alone, those who were with him and the twelve disciples
asked him what this story meant. He said to them, "Do you not see the
meaning of this? How then will you understand all my other stories? The
sower sows his teaching. The teaching that is sown along the road is
like some people who hear but immediately Satan comes and takes away the
teaching which has been sown in them.

"And the seed that has been sown on rocky places, is like those people
who hear the teaching and receive it at once with joy, but it takes no
root in them and they remember it only for a short time.

"The seed sown among thorns is like those who hear the teaching but the
pleasures of this life, the desire for wealth and other things makes
them forget the teaching, and so it bears no fruit.

"But the seed sown on good soil is like those people who hear the
teaching and remember it, and it bears fruit; some thirty, some sixty,
and some a hundredfold.

"Can a blind man guide a blind man? Will not both fall into a ditch? A
disciple is not above his teacher; but every pupil when perfectly
trained will be like his teacher.

"No good tree bears rotten fruit; neither does a rotten tree bear good
fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered
from thorns, nor grapes picked from a bramble-bush. From the good stored
in his heart the good man brings forth goodness, but the evil man
from his evil store brings forth evil; for the mouth speaks that with
which the heart is filled.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. One
does not light a candle to put it under a basket but on a stand, where
it shall give light to all who are in the house. So let your light shine
before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your heavenly
Father."





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