The Sower And The Seeds

Intro

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 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, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:1-9).


Illustration


Mind

  • According to the parable, what is needed to produce a healthy crop?



  • According to Jesus’ explanation in verses 18-23 below, what do the different soils represent?

“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 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. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 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. 22 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. 23 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.”


Motive

  • Look at Jesus’ explanation of the parable below and pick out the reasons why some grow strong and some do not. Pay attention to the motives and emotions.

“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 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. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 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. 22 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. 23 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.”


Memory Verse

23 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” (Matthew 13:23).

Mission

God is the one who creates the good soil for growth. If he has prepared your heart to trust him - to not be choked by the cares of the world or snatched away by a predator, then bear the fruit of obedience and trust. The seed is God’s word, and to bear fruit we must understand it. This week, make it your prayer that God would create good soil in your heart. Seek not only to have regular times of reading God’s word, but pause and pay attention to what it is saying.

Be like a poet. Poets aren’t simply people who can write well, they are people who feel well and put it into words. They pause to look at something until it burns in their mind and heart. Be like a poet this week who looks at God’s word until it comes alive. Wrestle with the hard things of God - seek and you will find.


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to create good soil in your heart. Ask him to take out any thorns (idols) so that you can be fruitful.

Further Study

  • John MacArthur Sermon