Friday, July 26, 2013

Preliminary Explanations

Scripture: Matthew 13:18-19

"Hear then the parable of the sower. "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

Insights:  The full explanation of the soils will be given next week, but today we will look at some preliminary explanations regarding the parable of the sower.  The sower is Jesus Christ.  In verse thirty-seven there is another parable similar in subject matter which states, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.”  The seed is the Word and we see that in verse nineteen in today’s verses.  The Word being sown is the gospel message that Jesus has come to bring His kingdom and He accomplished that by dying on a cross for your sins and mine.  He did not, however, remain in the grave, but three days later rose again forevermore as victor over sin and death.  Anyone who would receive Him as Savior and Lord will be saved.  Anyone who spreads that seed is also a co-sower with Jesus.  In a natural sense regarding seed sowing we are not capable of creating the seed.  God is the Creator of the seed and by our planting the seed a harvest is reaped and more seed is then planted.  If, however, we stopped planting seed, then eventually the seed we have would be used up completely and the seed would go extinct.  The same is true in the spiritual realm.  God created the gospel.  There is no other gospel we can spread.  If we do not spread the gospel, then there comes a point where there is no more seed to spread.  Beloved, let that not happen during our watch of the world.  Let us rise up and become more faithful seed sowers and leave the world fuller than when we arrived.  I think Jesus gave this parable to encourage the disciples.  Dirt is dirt is dirt.  The issue is not specifically the soil, but rather what has influenced the soil.  All four soils have the capacity to receive the seed if the ground had been tended to properly, but some soil had negative influences on them and therefore did not produce fruit.  So, Jesus is letting His disciples know that during this mysterious church age that all four responses to the gospel ought to be expected and to not get discouraged by it.  Rather press on in spite of it because you know that some seed will land on good soil. 

  1. Are you spreading the seed faithfully and regularly?
  2. Does this parable encourage you to spread the seed no matter the outcome?
Prayer: Father, You have created me for this time period in history to take up the commission of spreading Your Word.  May I serve You faithfully and whole heartedly.  May my seed casting produce a harvest of a hundredfold.  Amen.

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