The Mystery of the Sower
August 29th 2012 20:11
Some parables and scripture are considered “mysteries” but why? Because parables are for a select type of people. That means those who understand their Father’s voice, and His word and those who are able to live it. I would like to do a lesson today about the sower. Please turn to Matthew 13.
Verses 1-9: This discusses the topic. Some will understand what this pertains to, for example, the “seed” is the word of God, the “sower” represents Christ ( God’s elect are following His example by sowing seeds also), and the different grounds represent the types of people who will receive the seeds of truth.
Verses 10-16: These words illustrate the reason behind the parable. Some would say, “Why should everyone learn if God doesn’t want them to?” or “Why should everyone be judged for doing wrong when some weren’t meant to understand the Word in the first place?” That would not be understanding this parable at all. It is explained in depth here. What these passages mean is quite clear when you study. Jesus is explaining that some people aren’t ready to hear. Does that mean that we are not to sow the seed? NO! We are to sow the seed, but we can NOT make it grow, only God can in His time. It all depends on the person hearing and seeing. For instance, one person may come along and plant a seed. It might be rejected at that time. But later, God can allow a circumstance to come into that person’s life and cause the memory of that seed to take hold when they are more mature, responsible, and strong enough to handle the Word of God. Then and only then, will it flourish. The plant must have strong roots in order to grow. The roots are vitally important to the endurance and lifespan of the plant. If a person refuses to seek God, learn about God, and study His Word then the root cannot thrive and strengthen. Therefore, it will not grow. But you also must realize that people learn at different paces. So we are to follow Christ’s example and plant the seed- people have the choice to reject them or learn at their own pace and as long as they are actively seeking our Father, He will allow that seed to grow and that person can be saved.
Verses 17-23: This speaks of sowing throughout time until the Second Advent (Jesus’ return), some will accept, grow and put forth fruit (fruit is good works by doing the will of God), and yes there will be those who choose not to become a fertile ground in order to grow the seed (knowledge) of God and who will eventually be cut off and destroyed (later in the chapter it discusses this end result).
Another study will follow on this subject.
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