We come to the Saviour’s teaching regarding the soil in the parable of the Sower.
1. There were 4 kinds of soil. Verses 4-8. Not every heart is the same!
2. The majority of people do not benefit from the gospel. 3 out of 4 came to nothing! No fruit but there were different reasons why that was so.
A. The work of the devil. Verses 4, 15.
How active he is! Wonderful fact that the birds are very quick to spot seed being sown. The devil would rob us of the Seed of Life and so rob us of Heaven!
B. The shallowness of soil. Verses 16-17. There is a superficial hearing of the Word. No deep consideration of what God is saying. Shallow soil may produce some growth above ground but no root beneath the ground!! So it fails when it faces any difficulty or opposition.
That means it is alive! It is the living Word. Life springs up from it. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever,” 1 Peter 1:23.
(A sapling germinated 2005 from a 2,000-year-old date palm seed, found at Masada in 1973 and which lay in a drawer until planted in 2005, is thriving, according to Israeli researchers who are cultivating the historic plant.)
The word must be planted by the hand of God in the heart before it will take root and grow. “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people,” Jeremiah 31:33.
Such a person is easily known.“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart,” Psalm 40:8. The true Christians begins to GROW to look and act like the Lord!
Once more, the Saviour uses a very common happening to illustrate the gospel.
Nature has been so created as to set forth divine truth. How important it must be for us to learn the message of the gospel. There is an echo of the Bible in all of creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard,” Psalms 19:1-3.
Men would remove the authorship of God from creation. Evolutionists deny that God is Creator. This is in order to stifle Creation’s message in just the same fashion as men seek to tamper with the Bible in order to destroy the message of God.
The Saviour Himself is the chief subject of the parable. He is the Sower, and those who preach the gospel are employed by Him in the same task. He is passing today as the seed is sown here amongst us!
We come to a new parable today. Let us learn some simple truths from the verses we have read.
1. Please note how the Saviour makes use of the power of the water to magnify His voice.
It is a simple fact that sound travels better over water. (Time we lived beside Lough Erne – Drumcrow East). The Saviour wants men, as many as possible, to hear Him. He approves of our use of modern methods of sending out His Word.
2. Note also He begins and ends the parable with a call to listen!
Verses 3, 9. Same word is repeated. ‘Hearken’, ‘Hear’.
3. Once more, the Saviour uses a very common happening
to illustrate the gospel.
Nature has been so created to set forth divine truth. How important it must be for us to learn the message of the gospel. There is an echo of the Bible in all of creation.
A house built on a right foundation will serve us well.
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,” Matthew 7:25.
You know boys and girls, there is a flood coming to this earth! It is that judgment we will all face at the end of our lives. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27.
What a joy to live in the knowledge that it is well with our souls!
The story of the sad loss Mr Horatio Stafford experienced is well known. He was a prominent American lawyer and Presbyterian church elder who penned the Christian hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”, following a family tragedy in which his four daughters died aboard the S. S. Ville du Havre on a transatlantic voyage.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Paul states the wonderful peace and assurance that belongs to the Christian in 2 Corinthians 5:1.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Sadly, there are those who reject the Saviour’s words of instruction and what an eternity awaits them!
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand,” Matt 7:26.
This man tried to built on another foundation but the sand proved to be no foundation at all. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matt 7:27.
Boys and girls one and all, “other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ,” 1 Cor 3:11.