The Story of a Farmer

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Soil

 

Jesus was famous for His parables. He used parables in order to gain the attention of men and to teach spiritual truths. The parable of the four soils is found in every Gospel except John’s. The four types of soil represent the different kinds of hearts in the minds of men (vv. 1-11). The sower is Jesus Christ. The seed is the Word of God which has life and power and can produce spiritual fruit. However, the seed  can do nothing until it is planted. The four kinds of soil are as follows: 

  1. The hard soil (vv. 12,15) - This soil represents the person who hears the Word but immediately allows the devil to snatch the seed away. (Unresponsive heart)
  2. The shallow soil (vv. 6,13)- This illustrates the emotional hearer who quickly responds to the message, but soon loses interest and does not continue. (Emotional heart)
  3. The crowded soil (vv. 7,14) - This soil illustrates the person who does not repent and “weed out” the things that hinder him from producing fruit. (Distracted heart)
  4. The good soil (vv. 8, 15) - This shows a person who  hears the Word, understands it, receives it and is truly saved. He proves it by producing fruit. (Fruitful heart)

Application

 

What type of soil best represents my life today? What kind of a crop am I going to produce this year? Am I sowing seeds that will produce spiritual fruit?

Luke 8:1-15 (English Standard Version)

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means. And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience."

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