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About-Him.Com Devotional 10-11-03

The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.

102: Parable of the Sower - Mt. 13:3-9,18-23; Mk. 4:3-20; Lu. 8:4-15
Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
At this point in Jesus’ ministry, He seems to change His method of teaching. His claims to Messiahship had been rejected and opposition to His ministry was growing. He began to speak in parables, which are simply eternal truths illustrated by the mundane events of everyday life. The honest seeker would be eager to know the meaning and the self sufficient would discount them as meaningless.
Jesus gave a group of seven parables at one time, beginning with the Parable of the Sower. We will see that He gave a full explanation of the symbols of this parable which are applicable to the rest of the parables. i.e. The seed is always the Word of God. The enemy is the devil often represented by the fowls of the air, etc.
Luke 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus had just left a house near the shore of the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd assembled around Him and pressed Him to the point that He entered a boat and used it as a pulpit (Matthew 13:1-2). As He looked out over the surrounding landscape, perhaps He saw a man sowing seed in a field .

Some of it fell on a hard-packed walkway. People walked on it and the birds of the air devoured it.

Some fell on a rock. It sprouted up, but it did not last for lack of soil in which to root itself and gain moisture. Some fell among thorns which choked it out.

Some fell on good ground and produced fruit.

Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:18-23.

The seed that falls on stony ground is when one receives the word with joy, but does not establish roots. When trial or persecution comes, he falls away.
The seed that falls among thorns is one who receives the word, but it is choked out by the cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches. This man becomes unfruitful.
Lastly, some seed fell on good ground, put down roots and sprung up and produced fruit to various degrees.
Conclusion and Application:
Jesus spoke in parables that those who resisted Him would hear and yet not understand (Matthew 13:13-15). He takes the wise in their own craftiness (Job 5:13; I Corinthians 3:19). The honest hearted person with a teachable spirit will come to understanding by the work of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). May we ever be teachable and hear the words of the Spirit (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6,13,22).
May our joy and exuberance ever be tempered by absolute faith in our Lord regardless of circumstances. We simply cannot live on the mountaintop continually. May we ever check and recultivate the soil of our hearts to be sure that no thorn seeds remain that can spring up and defile us (Hebrews 12:15).
We’ll always have the cares of life (John 16:33) but they are only temporary. God’s kingdom is eternal.
May we never be deceived to the gospel of greed which will ultimately destroy us (I Timothy 6:9).
May our hearts always be good and fertile ground for the hearing and understanding of God’s word so that we will always be fruitful in His kingdom.

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A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while.
"I can hardly believe my eyes!" he exclaimed. "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen."
"Nah, he's not so smart," the friend replied. "I've beaten him three games out of five."
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