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Luke 8

Luke 8 has Jesus telling the parable of the sower.  He describes four types of soil as He paints a picture of the hearts of man.  He describes them as:

  1. “some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it
  2. some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture
  3. some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it
  4. some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold”

So we have the hard soil, the rocky soil, the weedy soil, and the good soil.  Each has it’s own characteristics, and the first three had a problem that led to an outcome where there was no yield.  Either the birds, drought or weeds prevented any kind of harvest.

The disciples aren’t exactly sure how to interpret what Jesus was teaching.  So they ask for an explanation.  Jesus begins by telling them “The seed is  the word of God”.  This is a picture of how we deal with God’s truth.  First thing that has to happen is that we have to sow the seed.  We have to get into God’s Word so there is some seed that has the potential to take root and grow in our life.  That’s actually where many of us fall short.  We spend little to no time in God’s Word.  We fail to read, listen, study, memorize or meditate on God’s Word much if any at all.  It can’t grow if it is never sown.

Jesus does go on to explain the four types of soil, and the outcome for each:

  1. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved
  2. the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away
  3. what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but  as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature
  4. that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience

The only one of the four that receives a harvest is the one who hold on to God’s Word.  In all four examples, Jesus tells us that they heard the word.  But in only one do they actually do anything with it which is connected to the place it lands in their heart.

Then Jesus gives us the real lesson here.  “Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away”.  This principle shows up in multiple teachings of Jesus.  It is similar to what happens in the parable of the talents, where the one who did nothing had his talent taken and given to the one who did most.  God partners with those who actually take what He entrusts and use it as He intends.  God wants us to DO something with what we are given.  Life isn’t about collecting and hoarding, it is about using and blessing those in our patch with what He has given us.  That begins with God’s Word.  We need to hear, but then DO.  We need to listen and then apply.  We need to take what God provides us and use it for His Kingdom.  That’s how we become people who bear fruit and yield a hundredfold harvest!

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