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The Parable of the Sower

Then he told them many things in parables saying: A farmer went out to sow his
seed 4 as he scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and
ate it up. 5 some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil was shallow. 6
But when the sun came up, the plants where scorched, and they withered because
they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the
plants. 8Still other seed fell on the good soil, where it produced a crop a hundred,
sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.
Summary
The seed means here is the words of God. Those who are in the rocky places,
when theyre in troubles or in a hard situation, his faith quickly disappear. Those
who fell among thorns, he receives the word but because of the riches, pleasures
and the earthly/ worldly things they end up nothing. And those who are in the good
soil they are the one who truly understand and receive the word of God. It is the
only one of the four who is really saved because salvations proof is fruit. Someone
who is truly saved will go on and prove it. May our faith and our lives exemplify
the good soil in this parable.
Illustration

The parable of the sower is best seen in the church. The congregation
receives the message (seed) of the chosen Messenger (Sower) of God.
Unfortunately, not all who are present in church have this desire to know
more about God to do and apply what they had learn.

Those who came to church and not able to hear the message, but did not put
their interest, and their heart in it/ or those who heard the message but does not
understand it are like the seed that was sown along the path. The (birds) evil one
comes and snatches away what was sown in the heart.
On the other hand those who heard and received the message with gladness
and joy are like the seed that feel on the rocky places, where it sprang up quickly
because the soil was shallow. But as we all know planting the message into our
hearts is really helpful. But the problem is, the root of the message had not been
put deeply enough for it to last. Some are keeping the Sabbath day holy, they are
enjoying the word of God but after all, they just go out in the church without
sharing what they have learned and without applying these message in their own
lives.
The seeds that fell among the thorn bushes are also people who hear the
message but the message seems to be less important compared to the other things
in their lives. They do not worry how to live the message; instead they worry more
about the needs of this life until they are fooled by the desire of rich. The message
are soon forgotten and it dies.
But the one who received the seed that feel in the good soil, are the people
who hear the word and understand it. And they apply and share it also to those who
are around them. And thats why this type of person was able to bear fruit and the
amazing part is, it produces much a hundred or sixty or thirty times.

Application
The first type of soil represents the hard heart, of which there are many today. It is
described as soil along the path. Such ground has been trampled down by the many
feet that have passed that way over years. Because the soil is hard, the seed that
falls there merely lies on the path and does not sink in, and the birds which Christs
compares as the devil workers soon snatch it away. What is it that makes human
heart hard? The only one answer is SIN, it hardens the heart, and the heart that is
hardened sins even more.

The second type of soil stands for the shallow heart. When the seed fell there it
sank in, but only to a very shallow depth, It sprangs up quicly, but it also faded
quickly because it had no root. Many people fit this description. They are attracted
to the joy and excitement of what is happening. They hear the gospel and seem to
fit in. but then some difficulty comes and just as suddenly as they once seemed to
embrace the faith, they fall away because they were never really born again.
The third type is soil stands for the strangled heart. Riches do not choke a person
all at once. Beware of that if you either have possessions or are in your way of
acquiring them. If were not earnestly seeking the Word of God, it leads to
indifference about devotions and relationship with him. The source for satisfaction
comes from external things, the thorns which is the riches, pleasures,
and prosperity. Even though the seed was planted in good soil, the thorns choked
it, just like these things can choke us from depending on God.

The last type is the open heart, the heart that receives the gospel like good soils
receives seed. Therell be times in your life when you feel like youre firmly
planted in the good soil. Use this opportunity to share Gods Word with others. But
remember, the fruit of sharing the Gospel doesnt just happen on its own. It takes a
humble heart and meditation on the Word of God to produce good fruit and to
further the Kingdom of God.

Today, we should realize that no amount of pleading, no heaping up of altar calls


week after week, no heights of entertainment, and no church growth business
models can add anything to the work of the Holy Spirit. Since we will always have
these different groups of people, we must also expect that we will always be
mocked and persecuted by the wayside people. It is a fruitless diversion of our time
and resources away from the Great Commission to try to change these people by
continually preaching at them or trying to change their morals through political
action or debating with them over various moral, political, or scientific issues.
Jesus did not say to browbeat the carnally minded, but to preach the Gospel and
disciple those who believe.

The Lesson of the Parable of the Sower

As we have just seen, this parable tells us that there are some people on whom the
Word of God has no effect, some people upon whom it has a superficial effect that
cannot stand up to tribulation or persecution, some people who may have a passing
and even long-time acquaintance with the Word of God as nominal Christians but
for whom the Word bears no fruit, and some people who have a depth (as we will
see, this is a God-given gift) that allows them to comprehend and receive the Word
of God and bear fruit.

The lesson of the parable is, in fact, based on this diversity of people. As the
Gospel is preached, there is always a mixture of people in the world. Some have no
understanding of the Gospel, and they ignore it, treat it contemptuously, and reject
it. Some may seem to become zealous Christians for a time, but they are unable to
internalize the Word. Because they have not made the Word of God the basis of
their world view, the source of all of their values, and what they live for, when the
going gets tough they return to the world. Others may also claim Christianity, but
the Word of God cannot grow and bear fruit in them because of their worldliness.
Some of these people may go to church every week, and some may even be in the
ministry with large churches. But because the Word of God bears no fruit in them,
they do not understand the Bible or how to live life in a Christian manner. If they
preach or teach, it is largely error, and their ministries are run on worldly models,
not Scripture.

ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES


A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO THE
THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Study of Parable
The parable of the sower
(Matthew 13:3-9)

In Partial Fulfilment of
Edann R. Pampo
BS in Nursing
2nd Inter-Semester C.Y. 2015-2016