Faith
Wednesday May 14, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Christ is the Sower"

Many depend on others for their understanding of parables while some simply ignore them. Matthew 13:34-35 KJV gives reason for you to improve your knowledge in this area: Dating back to the beginning, parables divulges the secrets of God:

All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: [35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Teaching in parables, Jesus fulfills the words of the prophet and spiritually, you are brought up to date by the secrets they divulge to you.

Christ involves you in the “Sower”, a parable that you must understand. He wants you to know the role you play as He sows the Word. The parable begins in Mark 4:2-3 KJV:

And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, [3] Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

Parables are His Doctrine! Mark 4-8 KJV now gives you the parable of the Sower:

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. [5] And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: [6] But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. [7] And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. [8] And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Mark 4:13 KJV identifies this as a parable that you must understand:

And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

Understanding this parable is required, that is, if you want to understand any of His parables. Beginning in Mark 14-15 KJV, Christ gets personally involved:

The sower soweth the word. [15] And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Expecting it to root, Christ sows the Word in your heart but when Satan intervenes, it falls by the wayside. Satan then stops it from rooting; he literally prevents you from hearing it. Christ continues to explain the “Sower” in Mark 16-17 KJV:

And these are they likewise which are sown


 

 

 


 

on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; [17] And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Christ notices how happy you are to hear His Word yet something is missing; it fails to root. Your mind is the stony ground that prevents it from rooting. Over time, you are unable to defend His Word and for His Names sake, you are persecuted. This offends you and you suffer the fate of those who had His Word fall by the wayside.

Christ continues to assist you in Mark 18-19 KJV:

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, [19] And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

After receiving His word, it begins to root but thorns get in its way. Things of the world represent thorns that separate you from His Word; they choke away what has been sown in your heart. Deceitfulness and lust stop you from bearing fruit.

Mark 20 KJV is where Christ explains the “good ground” portion of this parable:

And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

You seek the parables being sown by Christ. Your mind is the fertile ground that seizes the opportunity to assist the Sower; fruit is produced in abundance by your unselfish willingness to share the teaching of Christ.

Always remember that Christ is the Sower; He sows the Word into your mind. Do you consider yours as fertile ground; Mark 4:24-25 KJV discusses God’s measure and more?

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. [25] For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Hearing means you understand that God’s secrets are revealed through the parables. Your responsibility grows by the increase He gives you and this additional understanding makes you accountable. On the other side of the coin, “Not trying” and “Not hearing” will cost you what you have.

Christ is the Sower! Have Parables begun to deliver His secrets to you?

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com