Summary: The parable of the Seed and the Sower is full of spiritual insight for us as we see the world as a place where the Lord wishes to plant seeds and to harvest souls. In this first part we look mostly at the Scripture between the parable and the explanation
Matthew 13:1-23 NIV
Parable - “A short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.”
What might be an example of a simple, non-Biblical story that could be considered a parable?
The Tortoise and the Hare (briefly describe)
The Scorpion and the Frog (or Fox) from Aesop’s Fables (briefly describe)
These are stories with a point.
Some unbelieving, modern theologians think that the entire Bible is a series of fictitious fables.
Here Jesus plainly identifies that He is speaking in a parable -
Matthew 13:3a, 10b NIV
“Then He told them many things in parables …”
“Why do You speak to the people in parables?”
Look again at verses 11-15
Matthew 13:11 NIV
“[Jesus] replied, ‘Because the knowledge of the secrets (mysteries) of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.’”
Secrets/Mysteries - Doctrines and principles not previously revealed.
Why has it not been granted? Jesus will go on to explain why but His next statement in verse 12 seems rather puzzling to us.
Matthew 13:12 NIV
“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.’”
What??? What is the natural reaction to this statement? “THAT’S NOT FAIR!”
We see this same situation in both of the parables Jesus tells about entrusting His servants with money; these stories are usually called the parables of the talents or minas which were amounts of money at that time.
This is the way the kingdom of God works: God is faithful to the faithful.
God enables us by His Holy Spirit to be faithful but He also allows us to reject Him if we wander away into sin.
God is always faithful to Himself:
2 Timothy 2:13a NIV
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful.”
Now, that is a verse I hear a lot on the radio. Is it a trustworthy saying? It's not even a full sentence in the Scriptures. It has been completely plucked out of its context and made to say something completely opposite of what the Bible is actually saying!
Here is the trustworthy saying!
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”
Wow! This is something we talk about over and over and over here! Context is everything! God is faithful to the faithful, to those who lay down their lives for Him, for those who endure to the end!
This is something we see over and over and over in the Bible as we pursue the Lord we become more like Him. Could there ever be a greater reward? And, as a consequence He invests more in us.
On the other hand as our hearts turn toward idols and away from the Lord we become more calloused; blind, hard of hearing and hard hearted toward Him.
So, let’s look at our Bibles and read again from