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Interwoven Soils

The Sower - Van Gogh

A number of years ago I produced this document for a Bible study on this passage I was leading. It is based on the King James Version of the Bible which I was using more in those days. It is where I got much of the impetus for the current series we are walking through.

Interweaving of the parable of the soils taken from Matt 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8

Way side Ground

Described 

Hearken; Behold, A sower went out to sow his seed: And it came to pass when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side and it was trodden down, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

  

Explained

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; When any one heareth the word of the kingdom,and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, Satan, the devil,  cometh immediately and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart, out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  This is he which received seed by the way side.

 

Stony Ground

Described 

Some fell upon stony places, upon a rock, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away, because it lacked moisture.

 

 Explained 

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and immediately with joy and gladness receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, which for a while believe but dureth for a while: for when affliction or tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, immediately he is offended and falls away

 

Thorny Ground

Described

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up with it, and choked them and it yielded no fruit.

 

Explained

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; go forth, and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and pleasures of this life, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful and brings no fruit to perfection.

 

Good Ground

Described

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit that sprang up and increased, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

Explained 

But he that are sown and  received seed into the good ground is he which in an honest and good heart, heareth the word, and receive it, and understandeth it and keep it, which also beareth fruit with patienceand bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

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  1. Caddo Veil

    I was reading this same passage earlier this morning. The phrase that jumped out at me was Matt 13:25, "While everyone was sleeping, HIS ENEMY CAME and SOWED WEEDS AMONG the WHEAT"--it really helped clarify for me today that it is our enemy, satan, who sows ALL the WEEDS in my life. The first part, "while everyone was sleeping"--spoke to me that, "while I'm RESTING IN GOD" (just the way I'm s'posed to, doing whatever He's put in my hands to do)--satan is yet busy sowing weeds. It's not "all about me", or even someone else--it's satan; every time, all the time--because his mission is to destroy: my work for God, and me as just a little, imperfect human woman, trying to do my best. He doesn't care--he just wants to stand on my neck. And then it gets better, Ben--I read Psalm 18:1-15!! It talks about the snares of death confronting me, and I'm crying out to God for help. From verse 7, on--it describes how angry God gets on my behalf, how amped He is, storming down from heaven to do battle and scatter my enemy--with a blast of His breath. Oh my goodness--God, our Super Hero, to the rescue!! We have the Victory! I'm so jazzed I'm going to bake choc chip cookies, and watch my boys ride in N Carolina! God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

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      1. Caddo Veil

        Well, the cookies are mostly pieces--tasty, but won't win any prizes! I added some of those Heath toffee bar chips--and those buggers just stick to the pan, and the plastic spatula--so it's a mess. But if you don't care about looks, sure 'nuff, I'll send you some!! Uh-oh, the bull just ran over all the bullfighters...who were protecting the rider. They seriously need Our God from today's Psalm!!

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