The farmer sows the seed!
Scripture reading for October 8th: Matthew 12-15
Jesus used parables to speak to multitudes of people. The knowledge of the kingdom of heaven was hidden from those with hard hearts and closed ears. (Proverbs 14:6) (Matthew 13:11-15) Parables were stories that spoke of something common but with additional meaning that applied to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus ended many of these stories with something like: ‘if you have ears, listen!”. (Matthew 13:8) The listening that Jesus encouraged was spiritual and revealed truth.
As a former Iowa farmer, the parable of the sower always fascinated me. I raised corn one year for a Master Corn Grower’s contest and the return was over 1100 pounds back for every pound sowed! This parable talks about a thirty, sixty, or hundred fold return! Now that was good seed and good ground and God’s amazing grace! By the way, I got third place in the contest!
The farmer scattered his seed and it fell on different types of soil. Some fell on the path and birds ate it up immediately. Some fell on rocky soil, and sprouted quickly but died out. Some fell among the weeds and was choked out. Most of the seed went to the good ground and it yielded a crop. This simple story would have been very familiar to everyone in that culture and held great spiritual understanding for those with ears to hear!
Those who heard the word but did not understand it were like the seed on the path. The evil one came along and ate it before it could produce or even sprout. The rocky soil represented those who initially heard the word but failed to let it go deep enough to sustain growth. The seed among the weeds represented those who received the word, but the cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches choked it out. Finally, those who heard the word, understood it and put it into practice were like the good soil!
God is the farmer and has commissioned us to sow His word in the soils of hearts. We can’t control what kind of soil the seed falls on but we have good seed! Is the crop of eternal life growing in you? Are you keeping the weeds out? God has blessed the seed and wants to multiply it through the soil of your heart! Why not bless our Lord with a great increase!