Archive for June 23rd, 2010

Matthew 13:1-30

Matthew 13:1-30 tells the story of Jesus and a couple farm parables.  He is seated on a boat as people are gathered on the beach to hear Him teach.  He teaches in parables – tells them a story with a meaning – and most don’t understand what He is saying.  So He explains it to His disciples.  You may remember this parable about the sower.  He sows seed on four types of soil:

–       “hard ground along the path

–       rocky ground

–       weedy ground

–       good ground

Each type of soil has a different result.  The outcome is based on the kind of soil the seed falls into.  And Jesus is clear about the results:

–       “hard ground – the birds came and devoured them

–       rocky ground – they sprang up….but when the sun rose they were scorched…..they withered away

–       weedy ground – the thorns grew up and choked them

–       good ground – produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty

Jesus makes it clear that we need to make sure the Word of God is planted in good soil.  These soil types are a picture of our heart and how we receive His truth.  He goes on to tell us what the problem is with people and the heart:

 “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them”.  He is describing the condition of the people then, but it applies to us today.  We allow our spiritual sense to grow dull.  We stop listening to God’s truth and stop seeing His hand and we fall away lie seed on the hard, or rocky or weedy soil.  Jesus is talking to you and me.  We have to be careful not to let His truth fall anywhere but on good soil – on a heart that is receptive and listening and willing to obey.  He goes on to explain in more detail what happens as he interprets the parable for His disciples:

–       “hard ground – the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart

–       rocky ground – receives it with joy….has no root….endures for a while….when tribulation or persecution arises….immediately falls away

–       weedy ground – hears the word….the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word….it proves unfruitful

–       good ground- hears the word and understands it…..bears fruit and yields

Jesus has sown the truth into our lives.  The question is what kind of soil it will find in our heart.  Will that truth fall on good soil that will grow and yield up to a hundredfold?  Or will it be choked out, burned away, or snatched before it bears fruit?  We need to be cultivating our hearts to make sure we are giving Him a good place to plant His Word.  Then it will grow and make a huge harvest.  How is the soil in your heart?  Is it ready to produce fruit leading ot a great harvest?  That is God’s desire!

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