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Ray Stedman - May 9, 1971
The Mystery of History
Scripture References: Matthew 13:1-17
From Series: "Behind the Scenes of History"
Secrets of God's workings in history as found in the Parables of Jesus, Matthew 13. "We might call it the 'Sermon on the Sea.' Jesus gave three great messages which are recorded in Matthew: the Sermon on the Mount...the Sermon on the Sea...and the Olivet Discourse...The passage in Matthew 13 is less well-known than the Olivet Discourse. It consists of seven parables which our Lord told all in one day. In them he traces not the events of history but the principles which affect all of human life during what we call the present age, the age between his comings. I propose that we study these great parables very carefully, relating them to their corresponding fulfillments in history. So we are not finished with history in the Bible yet. We are going to look at history in the light of what Jesus has revealed will be the governing factors of human life during this period. We will see history then as God sees it. All of us are familiar with history as man sees it---the rather meaningless jumble of kings and empires, presidents and wars, discoveries, betrayals and exploitations, etc., which constitute what we call the record of history. That is at best a very twisted and distorted view of history. But in these seven parables we want to look at God's view of history, at the great, meaningful, effective forces which are at work in human lives to bring about the events that we see recorded in our newspapers and history books."