Summary: The choice is ours, we decide which type of ground we want to be. The problem is not with the seed or the sower the problem is a soil problem.
The Sower soweth The Word (The seed) = Good seed
We must be sure of the seed.
*The sower is committed to sowing and does, and has done so faithfully.
So If there is a crop failure:
The problem is not with #1 The seed because it is good
#2 The Sower because he has faithfully discharged his duties.
It’s a soil failure
*Wayside soil : Those who hear the word but do not understand it.
*Stony Places: Those who with Joy hear the word, but have no root in themselves. Means it sounds good to them, but they don’t take the time to work it into their lives.
*Among the thorns: Those who received the word, but allowed the cares of the world to choke the word, that it bringeth forth no fruit.
*Good ground: He that heareth the word, understandeth it, and bringeth forth fruit, some 30 some 60 and some a hundred fold.
The tendency is to say, Well that’s the way it is, there’s good ground and there’s bad ground. Some are going to be stony places, and wayside, and some will be among thorns, and some will be good ground.
(some are just destined to be unfruitful, unresponsive, and unproductive) But that’s not true, If the soil, is unresponsive, and unfruitful and unproductive, it is because the soil has not responded correctly to the word.
You may say. Well everybody can’t understand it, and that was what was wrong with soil #1 and it’s not their fault. (some are just not going to understand).
But the truth is from A biblical standpoint understanding is not a head thing it’s a heart thing. It is not about being smart enough it’s about being hungry enough and sincere enough.
These 4 soils describe 4 different conditions of heart and responses to the word.
But what must be acknowledged is the soil is responsible for it’s condition. Each of the 4 different soils or types of ground has the potential to be good ground.
Other wise Jesus is totally unfair to say
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
In this verse Jesus declares that it is not a sower failure or a seed failure but it is a soil failure.
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
How does Good ground become good ground?
#1 Hear the word #2 Understandeth it.
Mk 4:20 They receive it.
That word comes from a greek word which means to accept, to delight in, to catch, to take hold of. (it’s not passive, it’s very aggressive).
Lu. 8: 20 Having heard the Word. (Having received the word). They keep it
That word means, to hold fast, to keep firm possession of. To hold down.
Hold down. Keep. One of the reasons many people do not become good ground, is because they won’t keep the word, they won’t hold it down, they spit it up. (they throw it up. Because it demands a change, they just spit it up.