The Sower + the Seed
3 AND HE SPOKE TO THEM MANY THINGS IN PARABLES, SAYING;
BEHOLD THE SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW,
4 AND IN HIS SOWING, SOME FELL BY THE ROADSIDE, AND THE BIRDS CAME AND ATE THEM
5 AND OTHER FELL ON STONY PLACES WHERE THEY DID NOT HAVE MUCH EARTH, AND IT IMMEDIATLY SPRANG UP BECAUSE IT HAD NOT DEPTH OF EARTH.6 AND THE SUN RISING, IT WAS SCORCHED, EVEN BECAUSE OF HAVING NO ROOT, IT WAS DRIED UP.
7 AND OTHER FELL ON THORN BUSHES, AND THE THORN BUSHES GREW UP AND CHOKED THEM.
8 AND OTHER FELL ON THE GOOD GROUND AND YIELDED FRUIT; INDEED, ONE A HUNDREDFOLD, AND ONE SIXTY, AND ONE THIRTY.9 THE ONE HAVING EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER;
WHO OR WHAT
IS; 1.THE SOWER ?
2.THE ROADSIDE ?
3.THE BIRDS ?
4.THE STONY GROUND ?
6.THE THORNY BUSH GROUND ?
7.THE GOOD GROUND?
TAKE YOUR TIME
ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS.
LET'S READ THE PARABLE AGAIN WITH THOSE QUESTIONS IN MIND;
3 AND HE SPOKE TO THEM MANY THINGS IN PARABLES, SAYING; BEHOLD THE SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW,4 AND IN HIS SOWING, SOME FELL BY THE ROADSIDE, AND THE BIRDS CAME AND ATE THEM
5 AND OTHER FELL ON STONY PLACES WHERE THEY DID NOT HAVE MUCH EARTH, AND IT IMMIDIATLY SPRANG UP BECAUSE IT HAD NOT DEPTH OF EARTH.6 AND THE SUN RISING, IT WAS SCORCHED, EVEN BECAUSE OF HAVING NO ROOT, IT WAS DRIED UP. 7 AND OTHER FELL ON THORN BUSHES, AND THE THORN BUSHES GREW UP AND CHOKED THEM. 8 AND OTHER FELL ON THE GOOD GROUND AND YIELDED FRUIT; INDEED, ONE A HUNDREDFOLD, AND ONE SIXTY, AND ONE THIRTY.
9 THE ONE HAVING EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
SO NOW YOU UNDERSTAND IT ALL?
JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T, OR TO CONFIRM YOUR ANSWERS, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF EXPLAINS THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER TO HIS DISCIPLES. SO READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH;
18 you therefore, hear the parable of the sower;
19 everyone hearing the WORD of the kingdom, and not understanding, then the evil one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart: this is that sown by the roadside.
20 and the seed sown in the rocky places is this; the one hearing the WORD, and immediately receiving it with joy, 21 but has no root in himself, but is temporary, and tribulation, or persecution occuring because of the WORD, he is at once stumbled.
22 and the seed sown in the thorn bushes is this; the one hearing the WORD, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceit of riches, choke the WORD, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 but the seed sown on the good ground is this; the one hearing the WORD, and understanding it, who indeed bears and produces fruit, one truly a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.
Parable = a story
with a spiritual meaning, Jesus is not trying to teach us how to be
the sower; Jesus christ, or any of his servants
general; people, peoples hearts
the roadside; people who don't understand the
birds; the evil one, the devil
rocky ground; people who happily hear
the WORD, but when there is any kind of pressure or unplesantness on them on
account of the WORD, they immidiatley give up, because they have no root in
thorny bush ground; people who receive the WORD, but other
desires for this life, choke the WORD, so it proves unfruitful.
people who receive the WORD, and keep it in a good and honest heart, and it
produces more words of God, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some
WHAT IS THE
LESSON TO BE LEARNED?
WHICH ONE OF THE SOIL ARE YOU?
WHICH ONE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
WHAT IS IN YOUR POWER TO DO ABOUT
1.READ(HEAR) THE WORD OF GOD. - FAITH IS OF HEARING...(Romans 10:17)
2.GET RID OF STUFF THAT KEEPS YOU FROM GOD, THROUGH PRAYER, DENYING SELF, DENYING WORDLY LUSTS AN UNGODLINESS(TITUS 2:12, LUKE 9:23)
3. DRAW CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER
4. LISTEN TO YOUR CONSCIENCE
5. CONFESS YOUR SINS TO GOD AND ASK HIS HELP IN TURNING AWAY
6. FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER LIKEWISE MINDED FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
7. AND BE THANKFUL
8. ASK GOD TO FILL YOU WITH HIS SPIRIT AND LEAD AND GUIDE YOU DAILY
LET'S RE-WRITE THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER!
Jesus and one of his followers went out to spread the gospel. Now as they were spreading the Word, there were all kinds of people. the first ones heard the Word, but because their hearts were hard, the Word of God could not sink in and instead the devil came and snatched it away. The second group of people, they heard the Word of God gladly and seemed to receive it, but when their friends or co-workers or maybe family started laughing at them because of God's word, they quit, because they had no root in themselves, they were temporary followers, so the word dried out and did not bear any fruit. The third group of people, yes they received the word and it grew, but other things, maybe their career, or persuits of pleasure, or anything that can be put before God, grew up even faster and became bigger and stronger then the Word, and that stuff killed the Word and it did not bear any fruit. The fourth group of people, now they received the Word in a good and honest heart, it took root and grew and bore fruit, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control and also they spread the Word to others, of whom some became followers also.