Bishop Warren A. Candler of Atlanta enjoyed telling about the time he went to have a haircut in an old-fashioned local barber shop."Mornin’, General,” said the barber as he seated the bishop in a chair. “I’m not a general,” the bishop explained. … More
Jesus explains this parable of the sower to His disciples (vv. 18-23). He asks us to listen to the meaning of the story (v. 18). The seeds that fall along the road are the people who hear the message about the kingdom and the devil comes and snatches it from their hearts (v. 19). The seeds that fall on the rocky ground are the people who accept it but they don’t have deep roots and as soon as life gets hard they give up (vv. 20-21).
The seeds that fall on thorny ground are people who hear the message but start worrying about their needs and greeds and never produce anything (v. 22). The seeds that fall on good ground are the people who hear and understand the message and produce good crops. “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces; some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (v. 23). God wants us to hear, understand and put into practice His counsel and instruction. He doesn’t see us as vaults into which He hides His Word, but rather as gardens in which the Word can sprout and grow.
Jesus presents another parable about a farmer sowing his wheat (vv. 24-30). The kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who scattered good seed in the field and left (v. 24). Then while everyone was sleeping an enemy comes in and sows weeds on the same soil (v. 25). As the wheat grows so do the weeds (vv. 26-27). If the farmer tries to remove the weeds before the harvest he will also destroy the wheat (vv. 28-29). Then He told them to leave the weeds alone till harvest time (v. 30). Tell the workers to gather the weeds and burn them. They will have the wheat left to store in the barn.
Have I ever tried to pull up the weeds (professing Christians) in a group. What has been the result? I must remember that my job is to sow seed, not pull up weeds.
"Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' So the servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'"
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Matthew 10:1-15Qualifications of The Twelve Apostles
Matthew 10:16-31Religious Opposition to Christ’s Followers
Matthew 10:32-42The Service of Christian Workers
Matthew 11:1-19Doubting of John The Baptist
Matthew 11:20-24Clear Teaching of The Word
Matthew 11:25-30Finding Rest From Your Burdens
Matthew 12:1-14The Sabbath Law
Matthew 12:15-21Preaching Teaching and Healing
Matthew 12:22-37What is The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12:38-45Sign Seeking
Matthew 12:46-50Need For Personal Relationship With Jesus
Matthew 13:1-9Teaching in Parables
Matthew 13:10-17The Secret Message
Matthew 13:18-30The Parable of The Seeds
Matthew 13:24-35Stories About a Mustard Seed And Yeast
Matthew 13:36-43The Story About The Weeds
Matthew 13:44-52What The Kingdom of Heaven is Like
Matthew 13:53-58Jesus is Rejected in His Home Town
Matthew 14:1-12Herod Antipas’ False Assumption
Matthew 14:13-21Steps to Problem Solving
Matthew 14:22-36The Storms of Life
Matthew 15:1-9The Teaching of Ancestors
Matthew 15:10-20What Really Makes People Unclean
Matthew 15:21-28A Canaanite Women With Great Faith
Matthew 15:29-39Feeding The Four Thousand
Matthew 16:1-12The Religious Leader’s Demand
Matthew 16:13-20Peter’s Confession
Matthew 16:21-28Surrender to The Cross