Tag: Matthew 12-15

Seed for eternal life!

Scripture reading for October 9th: Matthew 12-15

Jesus used parables to speak to multitudes of people.  The knowledge of the kingdom of heaven is hidden from those with hard hearts and closed ears.  Their attitudes blind them to truth that God wants to reveal to them.  (Proverbs 14:6)  (Matthew 13:11-15)  Parables are stories about life that all people could relate to and be able to understand naturally.  Jesus ended many of these stories with: ‘if you have ears, listen!”.  (Matthew 13:8)  The listening that Jesus encouraged was spiritual and revealed truth about the kingdom.

As a former Iowa farmer, the parable of the sower always fascinated me.  Jesus described a farmer scattering 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 yielded a crop of various multiplication.  This simple story that would have been very familiar to everyone in that culture held some spiritual understanding for those with ears to hear!

Jesus went on to explain the meaning to his followers.  (Matthew 13:19-23)  Those who heard the word but did not understand it were like the seed on the path.  The evil one came along and stole it before it could produce or even sprout.  The rocky soil represented those who initially heard the word but have no depth of heart.  The word died out before a crop could grow.  The seed among the weeds were those who received the word, but the cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches choked it out.  Those who heard the word and put it into practice were like the good soil, producing a crop that multiplies!

God is the farmer and He has commissioned us to sow His word in the soils of hearts.  Is the crop of eternal life growing in you?  If so, are you deepening your heart’s soil so the roots go down?   Are you keeping the weeds out?  Is the crop bringing an increase?  Could it be greater?  God has blessed the seed and wants to multiply it through you!

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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!

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Good Dirt

Scripture reading for October 9th: Matthew 12-15

We are people made from the dirt of the earth.  We have very humble beginnings, having originally been made from the clay of earth.  God formed and shaped us in His image and likeness.  (Genesis 2:7)  He breathed into the formed clay, and it became a living being!  This living being had a body, soul, and spirit.  He was capable of knowing God and conversing with Him.  He was given dominion over the earth and all the creatures, to care for them under God’s direction.  (Psalm 8: 6-8)

Man was also given a free will.  He could choose to follow God or go his own way.  We all know what happened in the Garden of Eden.  Man chose to follow Satan’s lie and lost his true life, dying spiritually and eventually physically.  His heart became hardened and sin brought weeds, the curse, and separation from God.  God’s love for man planned a way to bring man back to Him.

Jesus, God’s Son, came to call man back to God and re-introduce him to the Father.  Jesus taught in parables as a way to convey truth to those who would be open to learn.  He taught the Parable of the Sower as the first of His parables, teaching that it was a key to all parables.  (Matthew 13:10-16)  Those who hardened their hearts against God’s Truth, would not see or understand the basic truth Jesus was conveying.  Those who would hear would be given understanding and be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

In this first parable, Jesus told of four kinds of soil and a sower who sowed seed.  He taught them that the seed was the word of God and the sower was anyone who would declare God’s word.  The soils represented the types of  hearts of those who heard the word.  Some hearts were hard like stone. Some had shallow soil that only allowed the seed to sprout.   Others were weedy and choked out the word, making it unfruitful.  Still others had the good soil that would produce a crop!

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to sow the word!  We are to faithfully declare the word and believe God for a mighty harvest!  The only soil we are responsible for is ours!  Are you “good ground”?  Humbly receive the word today and apply it to your life!

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The Farmer Sows the Seed!

Scripture reading for October 9th: Matthew 12-15

Jesus used parables to speak to multitudes of people.  The knowledge of the kingdom of heaven is hidden from those with hard hearts and closed ears.  Their attitudes blind them to truth that God wants to reveal to them.  (Proverbs 14:6)  (Matthew 13:11-15)  Parables are stories that speak of something common that all would know about and be able to understand naturally, but with additional meaning that applies to the kingdom of heaven and our own relationship to it.  Jesus ended many of these stories with something like: ‘if you have ears, listen!”.  (Matthew 13:8)  Almost everyone has ears, but 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.  I took the pounds of seed planted and then after harvest the pounds of seed harvested off of this contest plot of nearly 200 bushels per acre.  The return was over 1100 to 1!  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!

In this parable, 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 of various multiplication.  This simple story that would have been very familiar to everyone in that culture held some spiritual understanding for those with ears to hear!

Jesus went on to explain the meaning to his followers.  (Matthew 13:19-23)  Those who heard the word but did not understand it were like the seed on the path.  The evil one comes along and eats it before it can produce or even sprout.  The rocky soil represents those who initially hear the word but have no depth of heart desire so the word dies out before a crop can come.  The seed among the weeds represents those who receive the word, but the cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches choke it out before it can produce.  Finally, those who hear the word and understand it and put it into practice are like the good soil, producing a crop that multiplies!  The parable is simple and easy to understand, if you are teachable!

God is the farmer and He 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!  The Gospel seed will grow when conditions are right.  Do an inventory of the condition of your heart today.  Is the crop of eternal life growing in you?  If so, are you deepening your heart’s soil so the roots go down?   Are you keeping the weeds out?  Is the crop bringing an increase?  Could it be greater?  God has blessed the seed and wants to multiply it through you!

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