The Parable of the Sower

I was studying the Parable of the Sower last night in preparation for Bible study at church. During my preparation, I encountered what was, to me, new revelation about the parable. I’m not going to list it here in this post because of the length, but the parable can be found in Matthew 13:1-23. You will probably have to scan through the Scripture in order to see the connections I attempt to make here.

Before we start, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions. What is the seed that is being sown in this parable?      It’s God’s word.
 Does God’s word ever fail?      No, it does not.
Then it is safe to say that when no fruit is produced from the seed, it is not because the seed fails, it is because of the condition of the soil.

Take a look at verse 6. Where it reads, “having no root”, what do you think that means? It means that they heard the word but didn’t do anything with it. They didn’t study it, test it, or apply it to their lives. They had no understanding!

Let’s look at verse 7 together. “And some fell among the thorns”. What do you think Jesus is describing here by using “thorns” to depict his message? The thorns are the cares of this world. They allowed themselves to be overcome with fear, anxiety, and doubt. Their succumbing to the cares of this world was a direct result of a lack of understanding.

What about in verse 8? What happened in this part of the parable? The seed fell unto good ground and brought forth fruit. These are those that heard the word, applied it to their lives, and then sowed more seed. They had understanding!

I would like to impart something into verse 12, if I may. It states that whosoever has, to him shall be given more. Whosoever has not, from him will be taken away what he has. What is it that some have and will get more and some have not and will lose what they have? This is where I impart my understanding. He who has ears to hear and eyes to see……He who has NOT ears to hear and eyes to see. During this point in history, the people were burdened and bogged down with trying to keep man’s law. The people were only providing lip service to God. They did not seek Him from the heart (calloused heart). There must be a change of heart in a person in order for God’s word to be received and applied. When God changes your heart, He also gives you spiritual ears to hear and spiritual eyes to see. Those that have ears to hear and eyes to see have understanding of the Word. Those that do not have ears to hear and eyes to see lack understanding of the Word.

In the second half of this parable, verses 16-23, Jesus explains to his disciples the meaning of what he has said to the crowd. In verse 21, Jesus explains that the one that heard the word and received it with joy fell away quickly when persecution came. Here is where I believe me and you have the advantage. We have the complete word of God to refer to, study, and know what to expect as a result of being a follower of Christ. These that Jesus was speaking the parable to, of course, did not have that advantage. So we can realize our advantage, let’s turn over to John 15:20. Here Jesus says, Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. Without root, understanding, we will fall away quickly when persecution comes.

In conclusion, I would like to point out why I have every form the the word, "understand", underlined. During my study lat night, this word kept jumping off the page to me. Jesus used this word three times to explain why the people both received the word and became fruitful or why they did not. So I took the liberty of looking the word, "understand", up. I found that it has 3 meanings:

  1. to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend
  2. to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of
  3. to assign a meaning to; interpret 
(, n.d.)

You see friend, we, mankind, are the soil in this parable. As we said before, when the seed does not grow and produce fruit, it is not the fault of the seed, however, it is the condition of the soil. In order for us to be conditioned to receive God’s word and for it to be fruitful and grow, we must be able to provide rich soil that comes from understanding God’s word. Once the seed has been sown, it is up to us to perceive the meaning, become thoroughly familiar with it, and assign a meaning to it in our lives. I pray that the Holy Spirit will grant you wisdom to start or continue in your spiritual growth. In the powerful Name of Jesus, Amen! God bless you! 


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