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Post  Bertie on Fri 12 Dec 2008, 5:21 am

I think the Parable of the Sower likens the teaching of God's Word to the sowing of seeds. The seeds fall on different types of soil, the Pathway soil, the Rocky soil, the Thorny soil, and the Good soil. Each of these types of soil are said to represent a certain type of heart with which hearers receive the Word of God.
The question I ask myself is, "What type of Soil do I represent? Am I like the Pathway where the seed cannot even sprout, or like the Rocky ground where the seed sprouts but has no roots, like the Thorny ground where the Word of God is chocked to death by worldly cares, or like good Soil that bears much fruit?

If we compare our different dispositions to say different types of soil has one crucial failure. Soil is Soil it cannot change what it is. We can. So the question that follows is "How can I improve the disposition of my heart so that the Word of God can bear fruit in my life more abundantly?

I think how the Word is communicated is very important, but the Parable focuses more on how we receive. In the Parable the difference between those who hear the Word fruitfully and those who dont lies in the understanding of what they hear.

I read this.

"When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this was sown on the path. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit."

What is it that makes one person understand and another person not understand the gospel? Jesus tried to address this problem, especially in the Gospel of John. In John 8:43 we read, "Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word."

We often assume that people will accept the Good News if only they could understand, but the reverse is also true that people cannot really understand God's word until they first accept God into their lives.

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