Be not offended part 2

Mt 13:18-23 KJV

18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19  When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mt 13:20,21 Bible in Basic English

20  And that which went on stones, this is he who, hearing the word, straight away takes it with joy;

21  But having no root in himself, he goes on for a time; and when trouble comes or pain, because of the word, he quickly becomes full of doubts.

Mt 13:20,21 God’s Word to the Nations

20  The seed planted on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy.

21  Since he doesn’t have any root, he lasts only a little while.  When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls from faith

Mt 13:20,21 McDonald Idiomatic Translation

20  The seed sown in shallow soil over rocks represents the case in which a person joyfully receives the message when he hears it,

21  His experience, however, lasts only for a short time because there nothing in him analogous to the root of a plant.  When pressure or persecution on account of the message comes along, he all of a sudden takes offense.

Mt 13:20,21 New Living Translation

20  The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

21  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long.  They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.

Mt 13:20,21 The Message

20  The seed cast in the gravel–this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm.

21 But there is no soil of character, So when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, There is nothing to show for it.

Mt 13:2021 J.B. Phillips

20  This is like the seed sown by the road-side.  The seed sown on the stony patches represents the man who hears the message and eagerly accepts it.

21  But it has not taken root in him and does not last long– the moment trouble or persecution arises through the message, he gives up his faith at once.

Mt 13:20,21 William Barclay

20 The picture of the seed which is sown on the ground which was only a thin skin of earth over rock represents the man who hears the word and who immediately receives it enthusiastically.

21 But he has no inner root, and is at the mercy of the moment, and so, when trouble or persecution comes, he at once stumbles and collapses.

Mt13:20,21 Contemporary English Version

20  The seeds that fell on the rocky ground are the people that gladly hear the message and accept it right away.

21  But they don’t have deep roots, and they don’t last very long.  As soon as life gets hard, or the message gets them in trouble, they give up.

MT 13:20,21 The Answer

20  And what is the seed that fell on rocky ground?  That seed is like the person who hears the teaching and quickly accepts it with joy.

21  But he does not let the teaching go deep into his life, so he keeps it only for a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of teaching he accepted, he quickly gives up.

Mt 13:20,21  Moffatt

20  As for him who is sown “on stony soil,” that is the man who hears the word and accepts it at once with enthusiasm;

21  He has no root in himself, he does not last, but, when the word brings trouble or persecution, he is at once repelled.


Our context this week to revisit the study of the word translated offended, we start with its usage here in Matthew 13, we are familiar with the parable of the sower, if not you can read it in verses 3-9 of this chapter. The purpose of this parable is to call attention to a person’s response to the gospel, the first three ways are not the preferred ways that God wants us to respond. Today we are looking closer at the second way, and this one is to listen but not invest the time to understand what we are listening to. We have looked at 11 ways the Bible scholars have translated this passage. The word translated offended at the end of the KJV verse 21 is the Greek word transliterated “skandalizo” that becomes the English word scandalized. We are not to be scandalized by the teaching of the truth. More about that later. For those of you that like to look these things up in the research tools, this is Strong’s Greek word number 4624. In Thayer’s Lexicon we see it further defined and used basically in Scripture 7 specific ways in the 30 scriptures it is used in. It generally means 1) To put a stumbling block or impediment in the way upon which another may trip and fall. this is translated metaphorically in the KJV as to offend. It is further broken down to mean 1a) to entice to sin 1b)to cause a person to begin to distrust and to desert one whom he ought to trust and obey which is further broken down to 1b1) to cause to fall away 1b2) to be offended in one, that is: to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority and 1b3) to cause one to judge unfavorably or unjustly of another. The third subset of definition 1c) Since one who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels annoyed, 1c1) to cause one displeasure at a thing, 1c2) to make indignant and 1c3) to be displeased, indignant. That is from Thayer. Bullinger in his lexicon defines it to lay a snare for, to set a trap for, hence to cause to stumble or fall, to give offence or to give (attach) scandal to anyone. The root word is used in hunting to mean the trigger mechanism that causes a trap or snare to activate when stumbled against.
We are to avoid being the cause of leading someone to sin or break fellowship with God and His word. God on the other hand does this for us:

Ro 5:5 the Working Translation from A Journey Through Acts and the Epistles copyright 2006 Walter J Cummins all rights reserved
5 And the hope does not disgrace [by disappointed expectations] because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts by means of the holy spirit, which has been given to us.

Lk 24:49 KJV
And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

God enables us to understand, He makes available for our “way to succeed in life” to be smoothed by opening a new route of communication with us so that we can get rooted with or in the truth.

Ep 3:17-19 Working Translation as cited above.

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through the [right way of] believing, so that having a root and foundation of love,

18 you may be able along with all the holy [sanctified] ones to comprehend what is
the width
and length
and depth
and height

19 and to know the love of Christ, which exceeds knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Note that He wants us to be able to comprehend not just in 3 d but in four dimensions His Word so that we are well rooted and able to stand upon the knowledge of Him and what His son made available to us in love. And it is not just the leadership, your pastor or priest, but all of us are to be filled with all that God wants us to have. We are to plant the Word in the soil of our character. Plant the seed of the gospel and tend our garden so that the truth has time to not only sprout but take root and get steadfastly established deep in our makeup or fabric of who we are.

Let’s look at another usage of “skandalizo”.

Lk 7:19-23 KJV

19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? Or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 THEN Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the leapers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor is the gospel preached.
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Lk 7:23 American Standard Version

23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall find no occasion of stumbling in me.

LK 7:23 Bible in Basic English

23 And a blessing will be on him who has no doubts about me.

Lk 7:23 Douay Rheims

23 And blessed is he whosoever shall not be scandalized in me.

Lk 7:23 God’s Word to the Nations

23 Whosoever doesn’t lose his faith in me is indeed blessed.

Lk 7:23 McDonald Idiomatic Translation

23 And tell him: Blessed is whoever is not put out with me.

Lk 7:23 New American Standard Version

23 “And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over me.”

Lk 7:23 New International Readers Version

23 “Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me.”

Lk 7:23 New International Version

23 “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”

Lk 7:23 New Jerusalem Bible

23 And blessed is anyone who does not find me a cause of falling.

Lk 7:23 New Living Translation

23 “And tell him God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.”

Lk 7:23 Webster

23 And blessed is {he}, to whom I shall not be a stumbling block.

Lk 7:23 The Message

23 “Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate.”

Lk 7:23 J. B. Phillips

23 “And happy is the man who never loses his faith in me.”

Lk 7:23 William Barclay

23 “And happy is the man who does not find himself antagonized by me!”

Lk 7:23 Contemporary English Version

23 “GOD will bless everyone who doesn’t reject me because of what I do.”

Lk 7:23 The Answer

23 “Those that do not stumble in their faith because of me are blessed!”

Lk 7:23 Moffatt

23 “And blessed is he who is repelled by nothing in me!”

Lk 7:23 The Complete Jewish Bible

23 “and how blessed is anyone not offended in me!”

John Baptist, Jesus called him the greatest prophet, The man who was looking to see, (and in fact was charged by God to prepare the way for) the promised messiah, who had seen the signs that God had revealed to him would mark the messiah out to him. The man related to Jesus and one of two men on the face of the Earth at this time who had holy spirit upon him, He had sent this mission of doubt that John had declared properly that Jesus was the messiah. Why would John doubt? Because his expectations about the messiah had been disappointed. Jesus was busy that day, Look at all the confirming miracles that he did that hour that the two disciples of John were with him. Yet Jesus had to remind John not to lose faith, not to be offended in him, not to be stumbling and falling because of what he was doing. The expectations of What the messiah was to do was not well defined in the Judeans minds as divided between two comings, there were many that thought that Jesus in his earthly ministry, while he was mortal, they thought he was to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And the humble servant that was fulfilling the Old Covenant was not what they thought the messiah would be. Thus the message Jesus sent back. John had made the poor choice of taking the mental journey from being convinced he knew who
Jesus was to being doubtful that What Jesus was doing was the work of the messiah. He was doubting the revelation that he himself had received was true. This message of verse Lk 7:23 was rebuking John for his Doubt. John responded well, he returned to the fold of believers that God’s word was truth. We looked at 19 different handlings of putting this thought into English. So where do you stand? Are you among those that receive the word in good ground? Are you producing fruit from your life of believing? Are you rooted in the unshakable knowledge that God loves you and wants the very best for you? If you are, you are blessed! If you do not question that Jesus did what was necessary to pay the price for your salvation and mine then you are in the family (if you do Ro 10:9,10) and have every right to be one very blessed man (Ep 1:3). So don’t be a stony ground person, don’t stumble, fall, reject, lose faith, quit, doubt, get put out, get antagonized, get scandalized, get offended by the simplicity of the Gospel. In conclusion one last passage of scripture–

Cl 2:6-10 Working Translation as cited above

6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him
7 as those who have a root and are built up in him and established in the [right way of] believing even as you were taught abounding with thanksgiving {in it}.
8 Watch so that no one leads you away as a captive through philosophy and vain deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the divine nature bodily,
10 And you are completely filled in him who is the head over every ruler and authority.

We live, we love, and we stand firmly on our knowledge that the Word of God is the truth that makes us free to do greater works than those that Jesus did during his mortal ministry, because we believe that it is God in Christ in us and that gift of power, holy spirit, is ours to manifest and so we proclaim the gospel in word and deed to the world.