The Sower is the Preacher
Our attitude to the Sower, determines the future of the seed. Jesus did much of his teachings using parables. Teachings by parables utilize common scenarios that most people are familiar with. The meaning of of each component of the parable and the whole always have hidden meanings. Let us dissect “The Parable of The Sower“. The reference scriptures are from Saint Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4 :1-20 and Luke 8:4-15. Do you think your attitude to the Sower determines your faith? Why do you think this parable was not called “the Parable of The Seed? Why the Sower? What do you think? Make your comments below this article.
Details of the Parable of the Sower
The Sower went out to sow. The Sower scatters the seed. The Seed is the Word of God. While sowing, the seed falls on four types of ground:
From this parable we realize the four different types of soil represent types of people’s hearts. We also come to realize that a person’s attitude to the Sower affect the effectiveness of the Word of God.
Let us see from Scriptures how attitudes to the Sower impact belief in God. Let’s study, he that receives seed by the way side.
All four categories of persons heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The person who receives the Word by the way side is ignorant of God’s Word, Matthew 13:19.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”, Hosea 4:6.
Even today, ignorance is no excuse from our laws. He who receives the Word by way side does not understand it so he is skeptical and unbelieving. When he hears the Word “Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word of God that was sown in his heart.” This group of people does not stand a chance of receiving salvation unless their attitude to the Sower changes. What do you think? Make your comments at the end of this article.
Are questions the Sower’s nightmare?
How does Satan rob the Word from our hearts? We believe with our hearts. Satan removes the Word with doubts. These doubts arise from uninformed thoughts that Satan injects into the heart. These doubts grow from these thoughts as questions but all questions don’t result from doubts.
Not all our thoughts originate from within us. Some thoughts originate from the outside and find their way into our hearts then we regurgitate them as if they are our own. But they are from our Adversary, the Devil. When we learn to identify thoughts from Satan we will be effective controlling what thoughts go into our hearts.
Owing to the fact Satan is an evil spirit he uses negative and evil people to inject some of his venom into unsuspecting heart. Sometime his vehicle of choice may even be your spouse like Job’s wife. Sometimes a bitter friend or colleague. Your attitude to the Sower affects your faith. Our attitude generally, affect our learning for any student Bible or traditional student.
What goes into the heart is of uttermost importance. Proverbs 4:23, “keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Our heart is like an ATM : what goes in is what comes out. Most importantly what goes in determines attitude to the Word. And your attitude to the Sower of God Word determines your faith. Share your thoughts in comments below this article.
As the Sower plants Satan roots up
How to keep your heart! Christ teaches us how to keep our hearts. He instructs us never allow thoughts that are NOT according to the Word of God into our hearts. Christ teaches us to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”, 2 Corinthians 10:5. This is our filter. Another filter Christ gives us is in Luke 8:18:
“Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
Be attentive to what you listen to. However, how we listen directly inpact our heart negatively or positively.
Onother very important way Satan robs the Word of God from our heart is by questions. Yes questions. Don’t misunderstand. Nothing is wrong with questioning the Scriptures but the attitude or spirit in which it is done is most important. Let us look at an example.
Paul and Silas preached to people from two towns, Acts 17:1-11. They all heard the same Gospel of Jesus Christ but had different attitudes to it. They both had questions about this Christ.
The Scripture described the Thessalonians as “the Jews which believed not.” Both groups did NOT know whether the Gospel preached to them was true but only the Thessalonicans did not believe.
What distinguished the Bereans from the Thessalonians? The former group received the Sower and believed his word. The latter did not believe the Sower, their attitude to the Word of God determined their faith. The Bereans’ attitude makes the difference. The Bereans “receive the Word with readiness of mind.” Not with debate and controversies; not with skepticism and doubts; not with unbelief. They “searched the Scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so.” They were searching for answers, they were searching to CONFIRM what the Sower, Paul and Silas preached. There attitude was not to question and oppose but to confirm by individual research. What do you think? Make your comments below this article.
The Sower plants expecting an harvest
In closing, le’s examine the motivation of our Adversary. He that receives by the way side is fruitless, because the Word never got a chance to grow. Satan does not want the Word to grow “lest they should believe and be saved.”
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”, Romans 10:17.
If your attitude to the Sower is wrong there is no hope that “the hearing” the Word of God will become “faith”. Your attitude to the Sower of the Word of God Determines your faith because it affects your hearing.
Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness”, Hebrews 3:7-8 . Receive and keep the Word of Jesus Christ like the Bereans to be abundantly fruitful. The Sower is the “voice” of God.
I hand over to you. Share your thoughts in comments below. Blessings.
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