Just A ThoughtDecember 11, 2023
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I’m sure you’re familiar with the soil types in scripture and have heard sermons preached on the parable of the Sower. We’re looking at the types of soil today. You can follow along in Matthew 13:18-23. I’ll be quoting from the English Standard Version. Note the Sower sows the seed. Without sowing, there’s no harvest. Notice the types of soil into which the Sower sows. Here are some thoughts that came to my mind as I looked more closely into these verses.
Look at verse 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.” I was reminded of the saying: it goes in one ear and out the other. Let’s not be negligent in hearing God’s Word. Let’s allow it to settle in our hearts so it can grow.
Note in verses 20-21, how hearing the Word can provide excitement to you, but it may lack wisdom and understanding. It sounds great, but there’s no depth, no good soil into which it can thrive. Whenever tribulation or persecution comes, the seed falls away because there is nothing to sustain it. The tribulation/persecution is because of the Word. Let’s make sure we cement the Word in our hearts and push beyond anything negative. Don’t let troubles or persecution push you away from the power and truth of the Word.
The seed of the Word can thrive among thorns (verse 22), so don’t allow the troubles of life and seeking other things than God push you in believing the Word is not enough. Don’t allow others to tell you that salvation depends on you. It’s all about Jesus, not us. Allowing thorns to mix in will lessen the power and importance of the Word in your life. Clear out any thorns and untruths from your heart.
Let’s make sure the soil of our hearts is good. Let’s make sure our soil is fertile so God’s Word can grow and expand in our hearts and lives.