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Summary: Where is faith, when is faith, and how does faith come.

Where faith comes from!

Mt. 13:3. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.

4. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

5. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,

6. but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.

7. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.

8. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9. He who has ears, let him hear."

18. "Hear then the parable of the sower.

19. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.

20. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

21. yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.

22. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

23. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

Notice the sower is only mentioned once at the very beginning of the parable and not mentioned again.

The rest of the time Jesus is talking about the hearer.

1st group When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.

Persecution always comes for the Words sake. Satan comes to steal.

Jesus said, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart.

2nd group As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.

3rd group As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

4th group As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

In each of these 4 groups, the people had one thing in common,

they each heard the Word of God.

But, according to Jesus in Matthew’s accounting of this parable, only one forth of the people bear fruit, and of that one forth, only one third bear 100 fold.

He told us how we can be part of the ones that bear fruit. He who has ears, let him hear.

You have to hear the Word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields hundred, in another sixty, and in another thirty fold.

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