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In verse 1 Jesus begins a tour of nearby towns and villages. He was on a mission trip with His disciples, sharing the Good News (Gospel). He took with Him several “satisfied customers” – Mary Magdalene (who had 7 demons cast out of her), Joanna, Susanna and more.
In verses 4-15 Jesus gives the parable of the sower. This story is also found in Matthew 13 and Mark 4. As you may know, this is about a farmer who scattered seed on the ground – and the four responses of the seed (hearers).
1. The Hard Ground (v.5) – When the farmer scattered the seed – some fell on the footpath – where the ground was hard. It was stepped on by the workers and the birds came and ate it. Jesus explains that this represents those that hear truth, but Satan comes and takes it from their hearts preventing them from believing it (v.12).
2. The Rocky Ground (v.6) – Some seed fell where it was stony and quickly began to grow – but soon wilted and died because of the lack of moisture. Jesus told us that this represents those who hear truth and receive it with joy, but they aren’t discipled – so their roots don’t go down very deep. When hard times come they give up and return to the lies (v.13)
3. The Thorny Ground (v.7) – Other seed yet fell on thorny ground and grew, but the thorns also grew and choked out the plants. Jesus said this represents those who hear the message, but very quickly the cares and pleasures of life choke it out (v.14)
- The Good Ground (v.8) – The last example Jesus gave was that of fertile soil. Those seeds produced a crop that was 100 times as much as was planted. He said this represented those who hear Gods Word and accept it. This is a picture of discipleship (v.15)
What can we learn from this Parable?
- Not all hearers are the same. When we teach, disciple, or evangelize we must remember that people are at different places.
- We’re not responsible for the reception – just the presentation.
- If not all the hearers accepted Jesus message – they won’t all accept mine.
- I need to pray to “the Lord of the Harvest” when I evangelize, teach, or disciple and ask Him to speak to their heart.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor