August 15 2021
This week we read from Luke 7 to Luke 12. There are many miracles performed by Jesus and Jesus talks in parables. The parable of the Sower is this week’s topic.
Before starting, let’s define “parable.” According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a parable is “a story or lessen given about a person for spiritual or religious teaching.” This is what Jesus is doing when he talks about sowing seeds.
Luke 8:4-15 says:
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’[a]
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
Let’s dive into this parable.
What do we need in order to plant a garden that grows fruits or vegetables? We need seed, someone to plant the seed, good soil, and good weather and sunlight to grow the seed.
Jesus compares growing food to sharing the Good News about Jesus to other people. He also compares how people respond to the Good News with different types of soil.
In this parable we have the:
- Sower or farmer: person who shares about Christ.
- Seed: the word of God.
- Soil: the recipient of the word of God. There are 4 types of soil or recipients. They are:
- Trampled soil: the seed cannot go in to the hard soil so it lays on top. The birds then eat this seed. Later Jesus explains that the birds are really the devil who takes the word away from a person’s heart so they do not believe. These people are not believers.
- Rocky soil: the plant grows here because there is a small amount of dirt, but it withers because it has no moisture. The plant does not have deep roots. This means the that the person receives the word with joy, but when trials come, the person falls away.
- Thorny soil: this is soil that has thorns poking out. These people hear the word, but in a while God’s ways are choked out by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature.
- Good soil: this yields 100 times the crop than what was sown. This stands for people with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by perseverance produce a crop.
What does this mean?
In order for a person to know about Christ, there must be someone willing to share the Word about Christ. You must have a farmer that plants the seed.
In order to share the Word, one must read and know the Word of God. You must know the seed you are planting. This is a great reason to be in this study reading the Bible daily.
In order to get the Word out, a person shares it to all types of people. The farmer scatters the seed on to different types of soil indiscriminately. The farmer does not care what type of soil he scatters the seed upon. He just scatters it.
Remember, this is the parable of the sower who sows seeds on all types of ground, This is exactly was Jesus did throughout His ministry. Jesus tries to reach all types of people, not just those with good soil. Soil can always get richer with nutrients added. Thus, share God’s word with all types of people. We may need to help the soil, but God will grow the seed.
Are you ready to start your garden?
“To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. Rudyard Kipling
- Has anyone ever shared God’s word with you? How did that make you feel?
- How comfortable are you sharing God’s word with others?
Please let me know if you have prayer requests. I would love to pray specifically for you.
Next week’s reading: Luke 13 to Luke 18