A PARABLE ABOUT DIFFERENT REACTIONS TO THE WORD OF GOD

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to come to this site.  It is my sincerest desire that it will be a blessing to you.  In this lesson we will look at the parable of Jesus, which teaches us about “Different reactions to the Word of God.”  When anyone hears the Word of God a reaction takes place.  The reaction that occurs is directly related to the condition of that person’s heart.  Jesus taught about four different hearts and how they reacted and still react to God’s word.  It is important that we react the right way so God can produce much fruit in our lives. I pray that this lesson will be a blessing to you. 

 

 

 

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; [4] And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: [5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. [7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: [8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:3-9 (KJV) 

 

Jesus taught his parables concerning the kingdom of God through common settings, such as this one about a farmer sowing seeds in the ground.  This parable is not a mystery for he gives us the understanding of it in verses 18-23. But before we get to that let’s look first at the basics.  The sower is obviously a person who carries and spreads the word of God (the seed). 

 

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.” Matthew 13:19 (KJV) 

 

There is only one way for someone to hear the word of God and that is when someone shares it.  This comes in many forms, a friend, preacher, reading the Bible or some audio form.  The reason that Christians sow (preach) the Word of God is because Jesus told his disciple to spread the good news to the world. 

 

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 (KJV) 

 

All through the ages of the New Testament the true Christians have consistently proclaimed the good news that Jesus Christ has come to save the world.  This declaration must be done carefully so that the true Word of God is not mishandled.  In other words the original scriptures much be preached and taught for there to be real results.  We must sow the Word of God, which is referred to here as the seed but it must be the seed that God has blessed. 

 

The sower as he goes into the field depends on the power of the seed for results because in himself he has no way to make the seed sprout and grow.  The God made, God given seed has power within itself to do marvelous things outside of the sower’s ability.  Given the right environment it can and does feed the world.  The great cities and populations of the world exist solely because of the power of a seed for without it there would be no food at all.  It really is an amazing thing to see a farmer go out into the field and put his seeds into the ground.  He does so with faith that the seed will do its’ work and produce a mighty harvest.  The farmer is not selfish or foolish when he throws the seed away.  He is actually getting involved in God’s miracle process of growth. 

 

The sower does his part, God does the rest and the result is a world being fed.  The seed is a supernatural creation of God with great potential and yet at the same time is very dependent on someone to plant it.  Without the sower there will never be a crop even though there may be enough seeds available to fill many fields.  The potential may exist but it needs someone to spread it around.  Not only does the seed need a sower, it needs good ground to produce a crop.  So here we have the basic foundation of this parable; a person sows the Word of God and it falls on the ears and hearts of people.  The soil represents people who hear the Word of God and because there are four types of people we have four different results from hearing God’s word.

 

Question #1  Since the seed has great power to bless, do you believe that the word of God has great power? 

 

Different Reactions to the Word of God.

 

In this parable of Christ we can see four different kinds of people emerge as they reacted to the spiritual seed, the Word of God.  You can also read this parable in Mark 4 and Luke 8.

 

The first type of soil (person) was wayside.

 

Parable:

“And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:” Matthew 13:4 (KJV) 

 

Interpretation:

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.” Matthew 13:19 (KJV) 

 

In Mark and Luke’s account he said the evil one is actually the devil.  So here we have the word being sown and the devil comes and snatches it away before it can take hold.  We can quickly see why he is able to do this because when we look at the nature of way side ground we see hard compacted soil.  A way side is actually a path or road that has had much travel.  Similarly, some people have been walked on so much that they are hardened and cannot receive the word into their hearts.  It is important that we have a tender heart to receive his miracle seed for when we do, great results will take place.  In this case, nothing happened.  If you are a person who has been hardened by cold and cruel people there is a way to break up your heart so the seed can come in and produce a harvest.  The way to break up a hard heart is to forgive those that have done you wrong.

 

Question #2  Do you know someone who is very hard in their heart?  Are they receptive to God’s word?

 

The Second Type is Stony Ground.

 

Parable:

“Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.” Matthew 13:5-6 (KJV) 

 

Interpretation:

“But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; [21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Matthew 13:20-21 (KJV)  .

 

This ground was stony, meaning it didn’t have good soil very far below the surface.  Rocks filled the area and kept the seed from establishing a deep root system.  This is a person, which cannot handle the heat of persecution or trouble because of shallow character qualities.  They are easily offended when things went wrong and spiritually withered away.  There is a way to keep yourself from being offended and it is directly linked to the Word of God.

 

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165 (KJV) 

 

The seed when allowed to germinate and grow will bless us in many positive ways.  If you are easily offended, let the Word get down deep and develop character qualities that will last a lifetime. 

 

Question #3  Do you know someone who gets offended easily?  Are they stable spiritually?

 

The Third Type of Soil Was Thorny.

 

Parable:

“And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:” Matthew 13:7 (KJV) 

 

Interpretation:

“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22 (KJV) 

 

Jesus’ explanation of this type of person is clear.  They received the word with joy and obviously let the Word come in and take root.  Yet because they were interested in making money and doing worldly things they got too busy to nurture the tender plant and before long the thorns outgrew the new plant and chocked it out.  It is very important for us to see this because the cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches are very strong forces in the world today.  Entertainment and pleasures are easily accessible and demand much time and resources from the willing participant.  So much so that there isn’t time for God or his Word.  Sadly, he fell away and became nothing.

 

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV) 

 

Question #4  Do you know someone who is captivated by making money or having fun?  Are they faithful and consistent in spiritual things?

 

The Fourth Type of Soil Was Good.

 

Parable:

“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” Matthew 13:8 (KJV) 

 

Interpretation:

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23 (KJV) 

 

This is the goal for every one who desires a wonderfully blessed life.  The seed fell into this person’s heart, which is described in Luke this way. 

 

“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15 (KJV) 

 

An honest and good heart goes a long way to produce good fruit.  This soil was broken up and very rich.  The seed and this soil were made for each other.  It was a success story waiting to happen.  This is what happens to those who open up their heart and allow the Word of God to come in and germinate.  Once it is germinated good soil will allow the seed to send roots down deep.  This is absolutely necessary for anything in the plant kingdom to flourish.  It has been said that the roots of a tree are as large as the tree above the ground.  In this way, when the strong winds of summer come and the heat of the sun beat against it, the tree stands strong and flourishes.  We can stand strong in life and be blessed when we receive the Word of God and let it get deep into our lives even though negative forces come against us.  David wrote of this in his very first Psalm.  It describes you and I as a tree that brings forth fruit in the season.

 

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV) 

 

This mans’ stability was directly linked to the Word of God. 

 

Question #5  Do you know a Christian who stands strong in every situation?  Are they into the Word of God?

 

Conclusion

 

In conclusion the question needs to be asked, “What kind of soil are you”?  Don’t worry; you won’t have to send in the answer to this question.  However it is very important that you consider this parable very carefully.  How we react to God’s Word will make a huge difference in your future.

 

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89 (KJV) 

 

If there is one thing we cannot fight against and win it is the Word of God.  Some tried it when they crucified Jesus Christ and not long afterward we find these very same people asking Peter and the apostles how they could be saved from their sins. Peter answered them with the Word of God.

 

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38 (KJV) 

 

Have you done this?  What is your reaction to this verse of scripture?  The answer will be very telling.  Can you say “YES” to the Lord if it is in the Word of God?  I pray the answer for you and every one will be a resounding yes!  There is much to be learned by all who come to God.  You won’t get it all in a short period of time.  However, when your approach to God’s Word is positive he will help you along and give you wisdom as you apply yourself. 

 

This concludes this lesson on the parable of the ground.  Thank you for taking the time to go through it, I pray it has helped you in your understanding of the scriptures.  If you enjoyed it please let me know.  It would be a great encouragement to me.  If you would like to be contacted by someone in your area for prayer please let me know and someone will get with you as soon as possible.  Oh yes, check out the study on the different translations of the Bible entitled “What About The New Bible Translations?”  You may find it interesting that not all versions of the Bible contain the true word of God.  We need the true word, not something else for Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (KJV)    If this has been a blessing tell a friend!  I hope to see you again soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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One Response to A PARABLE ABOUT DIFFERENT REACTIONS TO THE WORD OF GOD

  1. inhatte says:

    hmm.. good one..

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