Are You Truly Planting Spiritual Seeds?
Where are you spending time? Are You Serving God? Are You Serving Your Desires or That of God?
If You Are Serving God there Will Be Fruit for God’s Word Never Returns Void?
I never fully understand parables. So since they are a primary part of our bible study in Mark, I decided to do some research on the Parable of the Sower. I am taking the approach by just asking questions.
Question #1. Who is the sower? This one was pretty easy. It is Jesus. Look at Matthew 13:37. Now if the Son of Man, whom Jesus referred to as Himself quite frequently, is the sower of the good seed in the Parable of Weeds, I can be relative sure He is the sower in this parable.
Question #2. What is the seed? Well the seed is the Word of God. It is my belief that when Jesus speaks of the “Word”, He is referring ONLY to what comes from HIS MOUTH. Everything else penned by the apostles/followers of His serve only to bear witness of Him. Please read John 5:39-40 and John 12:49. I think these verses make it very clear as to where the Word comes from and no one else.
Question #3. What is the soil? Well there are four different soils represented in this parable. There is the path, the rocky, the thorns, and the good soil. These are all symbols of the same thing, a man’s heart. Matthew 13:19 says “sown in his heart; Luke 8:12 says “from their hearts” and Mark 4:15 says “sown in them” as in inside suggesting the heart. Jesus is not concerned about the stature or outward appearance of a person. He is always concerned about the character of the heart, your inner most being. I would support this by saying that since Jesus was God the Son, he would have the same feeling as God the Father. Therefore if you refer to 1 Samuel 16:7 —-”for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Now let’s look at the different types of soil or hearts if you will.
First we have the path. A path to me means areas that people walk on and it becomes very hard and difficult to penetrate. These are people who hear the gospel but do not understand nor retain any of it they hear. Their hearts are so hardened they are left wide open to the evil one who immediately snatches away anything they have heard of the gospel. They have no chance of seeing the Light, they are so absorbed in the darkness of this world.
Next we have the rocky soil. Here we have people who are part hard and part soft in their hearts. They hear and retain the Word and seem to be the perfect Christian. They go to church, may become teachers or Deacons within the church with all the qualifications of great leaders. However when really tested by the tribulations all Christians face, they fall. They just are not able to cope with the persecution they may face for being a Christian. Remember, Jesus said that we all will face trials, tribulation, and persecution because of His name.
People referred to in the thorny soil are ones who have truly received the Word, the seed of eternal life has germinated within them. However, they get all tangled up in life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, therefore the seed never really matures. If our spiritual growth never matures we cannot bear good fruit. Here is where the devil become very tricky. Someone said he has a stick and a carrot. If Satan cannot beat you with trials and tribulation, the stick, then he will come at you with his carrot, the pleasures of this world. That is what happens to us when we the “thorns of life”, the pleasurable things that we think we are missing when we are Christians and the worldly things keep us from becoming mature in our growth.
The good soil. This is when one hears, understands, accepts, retains, and perseveres with the Word thus becoming bearers of good fruit. But then what is “good fruit”? The fruit which Jesus refers to that will be produced in terms of 30, 60, and 100 fold IS THE WORD. The Word that is to be spread throughout the world, to all nations and all people, as He commanded.
Now this how I see it. I do not proclaim it to be correct, but I think I am pretty close. Jesus gave us the parables to make us think; to study and collaborate with other Christians. This way we continue to grow closer to Him. I Love Him, how about you.
In the love of Jesus Christ,
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