PARABLE OF THE SOWER EXPLAINED
Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 09/18/22 – Morning Message
Have you ever wondered how people can hear about Jesus and that He has done for us and provided through His Kingdom, and it seems like it goes in one ear and out the other?
We are going to look at one of the Parables (stories with a message) that Jesus taught. This parable gives us the truth about the Word of God and it’s effect on all types of people.
Matthew 13:3-9 (NLT)
“He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.
4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.
5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.
6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.
8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:
19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.
20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.
21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.
22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
I. Explanation of the seed:
A. The Word of God
B. The Good News about Jesus.
C. The word about the Kingdom of God & Heaven
1. Of God – God’s way of doing things on earth.
2. Of Heaven – God’s way of doing things in Heaven
3. These connect together.
Matthew 6:10 KJV
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
II. SEED IN THE FOOTPATH:
A. Hear the message of the Kingdom of God.
B. They don’t understand the message.
C. The enemy steals the seed from their hearts.
III. SEED IN THE ROCKY SOIL:
A. Hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.
B. They don’t have deep roots; they don’t last long.
C. They fall away
1. As soon as they have problems.
2. Persecution for believing in God’s Word.
IV. SEED IN THE THORNS:
A. Hear God’s word.
B. Quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life.
C. The lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.
V. SEED IN GOOD SOIL:
A. Hear God’s word.
B. They understand God’s Word through the Holy Spirit.
C. They produce a Harvest.
1. Some thirty times the seed.
2. Some sixty times the seed.
3. Others as much as a Hundred times the seed sowed into their lives.
We see that this seed is the good news that Jesus was preaching about the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven.
Notice that all heard about the Kingdom of God (all had the same seed)
What made the difference is the type of soil (heart) the seed was sowed into.
1. The Hard packed down ground (hard hearted) had no chance of the seed even starting to grow.
2. The Rocky soil heard the Word and got excited about it but only had surface roots and quickly died.
3. The Thorny ground heard the Word had shallow roots to and as soon as things got tough it died within them.
4. The Good soil also heard the Word, but they understood it and got deeper roots so that it grew and produced a harvest. There is also three types of Good soil. The 30, 60, and the 100-time harvest kind.