The Parable of the sower!

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“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God is given unto you, but to others it comes by means of parables, so they may look and not see, hear but not understand” This is a common gospel parable repeated in the books of Mathew 3, Luke 8, Mark 4 as told by Jesus / Yeshua that comes with plenty of relevance in the life we live today.

This article dives deep seeking to find meaning, purpose and most important relevance of this parable in our life today.

“You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” Acts 28:26,

We begin by denoting that the seed represents the word of God. According to Jesus, the word of God is cast to the people, it comes to us through different, channels, means and media.

The different ground on the other hand where the seed fell is a representation of man; precisely man’s mind that denotes different mindsets in the world.

The seed that fell along the path represents those who hear the word but the devil comes and takes the message right from their heart in order to keep them from believing and getting saved. Luke 8:12

The seeds that fell on the path were trampled upon by road users, others got eaten by rodents yet others by birds.

Those that fell on rocky ground denote those who hear the message, receive it gladly and with joy but have no roots, they believe only for a while and when the time of testing comes, they fall away. Similar to plants that barely find soft ground to sink deep their roots for nourishing and when the wind and the scotching sun comes they wither away.

Note that rocky ground provides little or no room to accommodate healthy plant roots as well as failure to retain water and moisture. According to the book of Luke 8:11, it can’t absorb rain or dew.

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, and the small rain upon the tender herb and as the showers upon the grass” Deuteronomy 32.2

The seeds that fell among thorns stand for those who hear the word, but their worries, riches and pleasures of life cloud and choke them as they grow and their fruits never ripens.

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Mark 4:18-19

 

The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart and they persist until they bear fruit. Some thirty, some sixty and some in a hundred folds.

He who has ears let him hear, Jesus goes on to say,  ” Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things that ye see and have not seen them and to hear those things ye hear but have not heard them”

Hear yea therefore the parable of the sower Matt 13: 17-18

“The good soil” hears the word and understands it. Matt 13: 23

Which in an honest and good heart having heard the word keep it .Mark 4:20

Lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their hearts

This parable stands out as one of the most insightful in-depth of teaching about how the seed of the gospel of the Kingdom is sown and how this works out in the current field of life.

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Our modern world is full of distractions represented by the rocks, thorns and birds that conspire to prevent God’s Word and His calling from taking root and bearing fruit.

In the end, we are God’s field he looks up to produce fruits. Others are God’s farmers whom he’s looking to expand their crop and yields through their works.

From this parable we are set at the following tasks we need to do;

  1. Identify the kind of ground we present of the ground upon which seeds are cast
  2. Get busy sowing
  3. Get busy growing

I leave you with the below,

  • Don’t judge each day by the harvest, but by the seed you sow.
  • Knowledge is vital for us all, without it my people perish but armed with it they grow powerful

 

Frank

Frank Odhiambo

Mind grid Perspectives

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