9) Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of
seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came
and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root
in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns;
they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on
the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure
and a hundred and twenty per measure.”
The saying of the the sower and the seed. Good soil produces a good result.
8) And He said, “The Kingdom is like a wise fisherman who cast
net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish.
Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw
all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish
without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The Kingdom is like the fisherman who focused his energy on the one large fish which would satisfy his needs, rather than the many small fish which would require more work.
Maybe? That’s an interpretation, at least.
7) Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when
consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes,
and the lion becomes man.”
This saying could relate to the ascension and descent – lion -> man is a higher form, so that’s good, but man -> lion is a lower form, so that’s bad. But that doesn’t really follow with the last line of “lion becomes man.”
6) His disciples questioned Him and said to Him, “Do you want
us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet
shall we observe?”
Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate,
for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing
hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain
without being uncovered.”
Following the law is not as important as the condition of your heart.
5) Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which
is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing
hidden which will not become manifest.”
Recognize – learn to see. Don’t just “see”, understand as well. That’s how you recognize. When you understand, you will see all.
4) Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a
small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will
live. For many who are first will become last, and they will
become one and the same.”
Many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.
So this sounds like order is not important. It doesn’t talk about those at the back of the line moving to the front. More like it doesn’t matter where you are.
3) Jesus said, “If those who lead you say, ‘See, the Kingdom is
in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they
say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you.
Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and
you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living
Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty
and it is you who are that poverty.”
The Kingdom is inside you – the Holy Spirit lives inside you.
The Kingdom is outside of you – the world that needs to be changed and your actions that change it.