What Kind of Sower!
Matthew 13:1-9 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13:18-23 “Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
I have heard this parable in many messages but, I have never heard it explained with this angle before so if you endulge me I would like to give you something else to look at in this story.
In the story Jesus tells us about different kinds of soils, hard soil, rocky soil, weedy soil, and fertile soil. No where in this story does Jesus ever mention different sowers. Same sower, different soils. We may all have our different ways of spreading the seed, but the different results are because of the soil. I think we get discouraged when we share the good news with people and they don’t react to it the way we want. I think it would be better if we just remember that the farmer is going to be plowing some day and he needs the seed to be there when he does. He may not plow till tomorrow or next week or even years from now, but when he does the seed will be ready.
Jesus never said anything about plowing the soil or doing anything else to the seed or the soil to get it ready to plant. It is Gods job to plow and give increase, and the seed is the word of God, perfect the first time he said it, his word does not require reproof or correction.
In the time when Jesus gave this parable, the custom was to plant the seed and then plow the seed into the soil. So if we are doing what we are supposed to do which is spread the seed, (Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”) then God can do his work in someones life and bring them to salvation.
I find it absolutely amazing that God would intrust us with such an amazing work of proclaiming to the world there is hope, hope in the one who saves!!! I would have left it to the angels or created a being that would have done it perfectly the way I wanted and they would have proclaimed it to everyone till they (the people) would die or accept his free gift, but I’m not God and he chose imperfect people to carry his good news to an imperfect world, but one (world) and ones (his children) that he LOVES.
Just keep in mind too that he doesn’t ask us to do much in fact loving God and loving others are really the only other two things I can think of right off hand that he asks us to do. At least we are rewarded for the seed casting that we do. Which I think is also pretty awesome, he gives us the script, gives us the opportunity, and then takes the responsibility of the increase on himself and pays us for our efforts. Amazing just amazing but what else should we expect from an Awesome Amazing God.
Remember you are LOVED!!!