Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sower and Seed
18 "Hear then the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
The seed, i.e. the Word of God, (Scriptures, the Gospel), does not alter the makeup of the ground it falls upon. The reality is God has prepared all creation, mankind, for its purpose. (Proverbs 16:4)
The types of ground allegorically spoken of here by the Lord represent all of mankind, created by God in His sovereignty that will either reject, or believe/obey His Word, which is the Good news of salvation in and through Christ alone; the imperishable seed! (1 Peter 1:1-25)
Acts 6:7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Acts 12:24 But the word of God increased and multiplied.
It is the Word which takes root and increases, producing the "harvest of God". The seed takes root and produces such a harvest only in “good ground”, (i.e. the elect). The ground does not prepare itself.
Luke 10:2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into HIS harvest. (Matthew 28:18-20; Rev 5:6-14)
Amen and Amen!
Posted by approvedworkman at 5:13 PM