Summary: Understanding the meaning of The Sower& The Seed,The Wheat & The Tares
Biblical Reference: Matthew 13:10-40
The Sower and The Seed:
There are those who sow Godly Seeds and those who sow Seeds of Deception and evil and there is a separation of the Godly and the unGodly. The Seed of the Word of God was Sown and yet it didn’t take root or fall on fertile soil. In other words, not all who received the seed of the Gospel became nourished by it and helped it to take a firm root deep within their souls
Let us take a look at the parables of "The Sower and The Seed; The Wheat and The Tares.
When Jesus spoke the parable of the sower and the seed, not even the disciples understood what He was saying. They had no spirit of understanding and they asked the Lord:
Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 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. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 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. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and
have not heard them.
What is Jesus saying here? Jesus is saying that many have seen and heard the Word of God, yet they remain blinded and deaf to it. Why? Because their hearts have become hardened and they care not for their very souls but only that which they can see and touch and can give them immediate pleasure or satisfaction. They close their eyes and cover their ears to the things that really matter and refuse to listen or even believe in the things of God that are far more important to their very soul and eternal life. They have no faith or chose not to believe in what they can not see. They become so entrenched with the present world and the
things of the world; not realizing that it will all pass away and that they can not take it with them when they leave this world. For them, when they do leave this world, they will have accomplished nothing and their eternal souls are condemned because they turned their back on Jesus and His free gift of salvation for the pleasures and wants of this world.
Listen to the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. It is the perfect example of what we have been talking about, thus far, here.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower:
"When any one heareth the Word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side."
Here Jesus tells us that when a seeds of Faith and Hope and Salvation are planted in a person, they do not understand, so satan comes and steals the seeds that have been sown into that person’s heart and spirit and they remain lost because they did not take hold. The seeds that were planted then become lost by the wayside. Now let’s look at the seed that has fallen on stony ground.
"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by he is offended."
Jesus is speaking of the ones who receive the Word with great joy but they do not let it take root deep within their spirits and hearts. Oh, it will endure for a while, but without nourishment and nuturing it will soon die. It will die at the first times of trials or persecutions by non-believers and these new hearers of the Word will back away because he is offended by the non-believers and the seeds didn’t take root deep in their spirits. He/she has not become rooted in the Word and Spirit of God, so the slightest persecution or trial that they have to confront will cause those seeds that were planted to wither an die. Why? Because they are afraid to take a stand and satan has once again convinced them that the world is more important than their very souls. Now let’s take a look at what happens to the seeds that fall into thorny places.