Today we will be digging in the the book of Matthew. Lets set the scene and give you some background knowledge. In chapter 13 we find Jesus exiting Peter’s house in Capernaum. We know this from Matthew 4:13 “Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in area of Zebulun and Naphtali-” Now Capernaum was an important fishing village, it was like a business hub for all the local areas. The lake they were referring to is actually what we call the Sea of Galilee. I’ve posted a picture I took of a sunrise at the Sea of Galilee. As you can see from the picture, it is technically a lake based on its size. You can actually see from shore to shore. So Jesus saw the big crowd and got in a boat while all the people stood on the shore (vs 2). This is so interesting to me! You see, a body of water is like a make-shift amphitheater. This is actual science, I won’t get into all the specifics (google it if your interested) but it is proven that sound travels further over water! That is crazy awesome right there! Of course Jesus would know the science behind his actions! Now lets talk about what groups of people were likely standing on the shore that day. We know that the disciples were there (vs 10). We also know that there were probably some Gentiles from Matthew 4:15 it says, “Galilee of the Gentiles.” Some might say that there were Galileans there which is basically a group consisting of a mix of both of Jews and Gentiles. He also just had a conversation previously about the sign of Jonah the same day with the Pharisees and teachers of the law (also Jews-Matthew 12:38). We know this because right after addressing the Pharisees and teachers of the law it says that he was, “Still talking to the crowd” (vs 46) and in Matthew 13:1 it says, “That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.” So we have three main groups here at the scene: Gentiles, Jews (Pharisees and teachers of the law), and the Disciples. Remember this because this is vital information to understanding some of the secrets of the Kingdom that will blow your mind!