Behold, the sower went out to sow (Matthew 13:3 NASB)
I want to spend the next few days digging (sorry – I can’t help myself) into the parable of the soils. Some call this the parable of the sower, but many of the lessons in this simple story are in the dirt.
I call it a simple story, but it is really anything but that.
It is recorded in 3 of the Gospels Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8
It is the basis for all other parables (Mark 4:13)
It carries truth hidden from those blinded to the gospel by their unbelief.
So, where to start? The story itself is simple enough.
A man goes out with a bag of seed and starts scattering it, throwing it hither and yon.
The seed falls to the ground.
The rest is up to the ground.
There are 4 types of ground Jesus mentions.
- The path
- Rocky places
- Weedy places
- Prepared soil
There are 4 types of challenges the seed faces
- The Birds of the air
- The Heat of the sun
- Lack of Moisture
- The weeds and thorns
But the meat is in the interpretation.
Jesus the consummate teacher takes time on this first parable to break it all the way down for the boys. It is important to notice in Jesus’ parable everything is significant. When He is teaching us to interpret this type of scripture, He wants us to take the picture apart, and see how it all fits back together.
And thankfully He did not leave anything for our guessing in this one.
Today we will simply name the players, and tomorrow and over the next week or so we will look at each soil, and each challenge in some detail.
The seed is the imperishable Word of God.
The sower sows the Word of God. So the sower could be a preacher, friend, or any Christian. We are all sowers everyday.
The soil is the heart where the seed lands. Many use this parable only to talk about those who don’t know the Lord as the soil, but the fact is we are all soil every day. The Lord uses many means to scatter the Word into our hearts, and every man, woman and child needs to be attentive to the seed sown in their lives daily.
See you then