Getting Ready for Better Things
Jesus taught in parables many times to describe something that is very commonplace to us in order to teach us the deeper meaning.
He also taught in parables for another reason. Pure truth is usually unpalatable. People resist pure truth as they resist pure medicine. It often has to be put in another form to help us digest the truth.
Here Jesus and His disciples are up in the northern Galilee region.
Jesus had done what He often did - He turned the boat into a pulpit. He pulled the boat up along the shore and stood up in the front of the boat. It gave Him a little platform to stand on. The people were milling around the shore.
It was planting time, and in the nearby field there probably was a farmer. Around his neck he had a cloth bag which contained seed. As he walked he reached into the bag, scattering seed in all directions.
Jesus probably pointed to him and told this story.
3 .... "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.
6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-- a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 He who has ears, let him hear."
Although many people call this parable the "parable of the sower", it is really the parable of the soils.
Jesus talks about four different kinds of soils; hard dirt, rocky ground, soil with briars on it and good earth. Each of these soils is indicative of the hearts of men.
But it is also the parable of the seed. The seed represents God's Word, which is constantly sown in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. As we r ...
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