The Whole Multitude Stood On The Shore…
Can we reach Jesus Christ? Can we come close, come in contact with Him? The “multitudes” can not. The “masses” do not know Him and, more importantly, He does not know them. The “great multitudes” have no identity. They are not known to the King of kings and the “masses” can not reach Him.
And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. ~ Matthew 13:2 NKJB
Never forget the importance of our identity in Jesus Christ. Jesus will address the masses / multitudes but He does not know them and, therefore, does not have an intimate relationship with them.
Jesus is practically begging the “great multitudes” to follow Him and follow the Word, drink deeply of the Living Water, but they can not see, they can not feel, they can not hear. Jesus is teaching on a parable that is so important that He explains to the Twelve this parable is the key to all the parables, but you need eyes to see, ears to hear and we believe a heart to feel.
And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? ~ Mark 4:13 NKJB
We must open our ears, open our eyes and seek the Mind of Christ, first, in order to understand what Jesus is teaching us. Jesus continually explains the “great multitudes” are just people that are attending a ceremony, a festival or coming to see the latest “circus act” rolling through town. These are not serious people, these are not people of Christ.
We see them every Sunday, it may even be you, the people that suit up, show up and hear nothing because as soon as they leave the building they are no longer a member of the body of Christ, they are merely going on with their day that is built upon secular ideas, secular concepts and secular activities.
And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them. ~ Matthew 13:14;15 NKJB
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.