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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Parable of the Sower…But other fell into good ground

The Parable of the Sower…”But other fell into good ground…”
Greetings So Fyh readers and subscribers, we have made it to the fourth part of the parable in this series. The fourth part of the parable states, “But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit,
Winston Howard 

some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” (Matthew 13:8 KJV) As many times as I have read and taught this parable, I seem to get something from it more than from the last time. This time what illuminated so vividly was the word “into”. For many years I’ve unknowingly mis-quoted the verse by saying “on good ground…” As this one word made me think differently about this parable, I am more and more convinced that I was continually sent to this parable so that I can see the depth of the message and be able to share it with you, my brothers and sisters.
So you might think that you may have made the same mistake and mis-quoted the same verse, and maybe even now thinking it’s not a big deal. However, it is a big deal, not only is it a big deal, it’s the whole of the parable. Let me explain by telling this story. A couple of years back I bought a Utility Trailer to pull behind my Truck when I’m hauling brush, furniture, heavy equipment, etc…I bought the trailer from a neighbor who every year grows the best personal vegetable garden I’ve seen. I didn’t know him well until I offered to buy his trailer at which point he and I got to talking and I asked him about his garden. He told me that the secret is to prepare the soil throughout the year. He actually plants the seeds in the month of March, but he will till the soil at least twice in the winter to get the soil prepared to receive the seed. This way when March comes around, the soil is ready to receive the seed.  If the soil is not properly tilled, the seed won’t penetrate “into” the ground.
You see, if my neighbor wants his soil to receive the seed, he has to prepare it to receive it. Otherwise, when the seed is broadcasted out, the likely-hood of the seed getting into the ground becomes…well, less likely. What Jesus is sharing with us in this Parable, is that He, like my neighbor knows how important it is to cultivate the land (believer) before the seed (word of God) can penetrate the soil (heart). My neighbor knows that there are 365 days in a year and if he ignores the land all year long, the ground would become hard and stubborn and the seed would just either fall by the way side, fall upon stony places or among the thorns and he wouldn’t have a harvest. Jesus knows that if we don’t cultivate or till our hearts by being Christlike, which is to “love God and love your neighbors” (Mark 12:30-31), that we will not be ready to receive the Word and Grace of Jesus if our hearts have become hard and stubborn. Thus, not producing a harvest of believers of Jesus the Christ.
As I said at the beginning of the study, Jesus is the Sower, the Word is the Seed and we are either the “Way Side”, “Stony Places”, “Thorns” or “Good Soil”. When we Love God, and Love Others, we constantly till our hearts by putting on the whole armor of God to protect ourselves from the Devils schemes which are busy every day of our lives. Ephesians 6:10-12 back up this claim as it states, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (KJV) Keep your heart cultivated, study to show thyself approved unto God, and Love always. You will then be ready to receive the Word, Mercy and Grace of our Lord’s Love. God Bless!