Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rocky Places

"Some (seed) fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root."  Matthew 13:5 & 6

"What was sown on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away."  Matthew 13:20 & 21

Today is the third of a 5 part series on the "Parable of the Sower."   In this Parable there are 4 different ways to receive the gospel or 4 different sorts of people who come in contact with the gospel.  Above you will notice that the first 2 verses are the description and then in verses 20 & 21 we have the explanation.

The seed is always the same - the gospel is the seed - the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  The soil types are different.  I was going to say that we are the soil but I think that the environment that we are in is the soil.  I believe that we are all part of the plant that grows from that seed......maybe a branch, or a flower, or a leaf.  Together we are all part of that plant which is the family of God.

When you are planting any kind of seed you must first consider 3 things:

    -the soil type (sandy or clay)
    -the soil location (part shade or full sun) 
    -the moisture content or water availability
In these Bible verses - the soil was good enough for the seed to germinate but as soon as the day started to heat up and with the sun beating down - this little plant was scorched.  Also, this new tender plant had no access to water and withered away.
This is like the type of person who hears God's Word and believes but when times get tough, this person withers back into their old life.  When hardships happen, this type of person will turn their back on Jesus instead of enduring bad times by digging deep into God's Word and being refreshed by the water of life.

If you are in a rocky place - dig down deep into the Bible - God's living Word.  Through prayer - be refreshed daily.

Parable of the Sower

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