Sunday, May 27, 2012

Good Soil - Healthy Harvest

"Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  He who has ears, let him hear."  Matthew 13:8 & 9

"But what was sown on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it.  He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Matthew 13:23

Today is the last 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 verse 23 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.

This seed has fallen on good soil - the perfect spot in the garden with the best sun exposure, the ideal moisture availability and the correct soil type.  This is the type of person that is responsive - hears, understands and is transformed by the Word of God.

I find the numbers that are used in these verses very interesting:  "yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Wow - that is exponential!  Just think about 1 sunflower - one flower head can produce hundreds of seeds.  By the next year, (with perfect soil and weather conditions) you could have 100 sunflowers and then the year after that it could be 100 times 100!!  That's how it is with us - sharing God's love - planting that seed - we could be planting 100 times 100 believers! 

Sunflowers are one of my favorite types of flowers - they literally grow towards the sun......we as Christians are like sunflowers - growing towards the Son.

You can be the tall, strong & bold sunflower growing among the thorns, stones & pathways - spreading seeds for miles and miles.

Parable of the Sower


  1. that's the great commission, sharing His love with others. just stopped by from blogging buddies, and now I'm a follower of your blog.

  2. Having been a Sunday School teacher and Youth Group volunteer leader for years, I love this parable. Some of my former students I see bearing fruit now in early adult years. My daughter, her seeds seems to have been crowded by weeds so we pray the weeds die out and the dropped seeds take over again as they did when she was younger. Janet

    1. I will be praying for withered weeds in your daughter's life also.


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