Parable of the Sower

One of the most talked about biblical parables is that of the Sower. Jesus explains the different responses to His gospel based on the spiritual condition of the heart. Below is the parable followed by the explanations.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:1-15

The farmer is the Lord who planted the seed (‘good news’) about the Kingdom of God throughout the world.

The first scattering:  As He was preaching His gospel, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. These are people who hear the Word, but don’t understand its meaning. They have no interest in trying to pursue the teachings from the Lord. So, Satan comes and snatches away the little bit that was sown in their hearts.

The second scattering:  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. These are the people who hear the Word and receive it with joy. However, they don’t pursue the study and application of God’s Word to establish a steadfast faith. So, when trouble or persecution comes into their lives, they quickly fall away from the Lord’s teachings and try to handle things by themselves.

The third scattering:  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. These are the people who hear the Word, but they allow everyday life to get in their way. All worry, deceitfulness of wealth, and any other ungodly choice chokes the Lord’s teachings right out of them. They forfeit their eternal life and heavenly rewards for the current pleasures of their mortality.

The fourth scattering:  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. These are the people who hear the Word, understand it, and apply it to their lives. They share the ‘good news’ with as many people as possible throughout the world. In doing so, they store up ‘treasures in heaven’. These treasures are a variety of eternal rewards that the Lord is bringing with Him when He returns for His church.

So, which ‘scattering of the good news’ do you identify with? Time is getting shorter with each passing moment. Countless people are going to have a rude awakening in the ‘Day of our Lord’. They are going to be, eternally, devastated when they realize that their short lives on earth were wasted believing Satan’s lies. They ignored the Lord’s truths and rejected His gifts. Don’t suffer the eternal consequences of a wasted life. Remember, we are not promised our next breath. The very best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to open your bible and start reading, today!

Happy New Year . . .

Blessings in His unlimited grace,

Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><

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