"Then he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.' " Matthew 13: 3 & 4
"Listen to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path." Matthew 13: 18 & 19
Today is the second 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 18 & 19 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.
The Pathway: The seed scattered in this type of soil is uncovered & unprotected. There is movement along the pathway and any seed is swept away. This is the modern way - we are always moving on to next new thing - the newest diet, the newest gadget, the newest phone, the newest supplement ......etc. We never develop a deep understanding in one area because we are swept away by so called "progress." This seed doesn't even get a chance to germinate because it is snatched away & eaten by the birds (symbolizing Satan snatching away).
If you notice that you are sowing seed along the pathway - make sure to protect it from the birds.
Happy weekend to you. You have very pretty gourds.
Hi Angie: The Parable of The Sower is my favorite parable. Afterall, doesn't the understanding of this parable lay the foundation for understanding the rest? Thank you for sharing something so profound.ReplyDelete
When I placed the Blog Hop code on my blog sidebar, it showed that that list was now closed. Trying to get set up for the May 16 hop. You know this is my first time so really hoping I can be there. Maybe I copied the wrong link or something? Maybe the link is only available so many days before the event?
That's so true - this parable does lay a foundation for understanding - thanks so much!Delete
Thank you for your interest in the Blog Hop. It is only active for 1 week each month but you know - since I only have it once a month I should have it run longer than 1 week. Thank you for the great idea - I will make the May 16th hop run for 2 weeks and if that's not enough time then I might even do 3 weeks. I hope you can join us this month!!
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