Luke 8.1-21 Parable of the Sower.doc
Intro: I love to study the gospels because it allows us to clearly see our Lord - Catch His heart / Understand His ways
transformation takes place in our lives
mirror do ? IT REFLECTS
E) So as we look at Jesus / Like Isa. We see ourselves - I am undone
James picks up on the mirror idea James 1:23
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
morning - WOW!!! / I need to change / talking over haul
1) There is an active aggressive attitude & action that goes w/ that need
sometimes / major repair work
1)Now why do we do that? Well to be truthful - We are concerned
about How we Look - because how we look refection where we are at
THE SAME IS TRUE SPIRITUALLY We come to the mirror of Godís word seeing changes that need to take place - and we actively involve ourselves in that process
Now the reason I have taken the time to preface this portion of scripture we are going to look at today w/ this truth
A)Is because this portion of scripture is such a good analogy of the idea of that mirrored image !
Read.v1-88:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
COMMENT GROUP OF LADIES -
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable:
5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
6 "Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 "And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.8 "But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" COMMENT
and reveal a HIDDEN truth.
deal about...... "Sowing" and "Seed".....
1) In order to teach them something that they knew nothing about:
The UNSEEN response of the heart of man to the Word of God.
Now Jesus gives us the primary interpretation of this parable in v. 9-15
9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable mean?"
10 And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' 11 "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 "Those by the wayside or pathway are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 "But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 "Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
So Jesus describes here the primary interpretation - THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD - GOSPEL - or really any true teaching
a) Peter touches on this in 1 Pet. 1:23 When he says we have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
like soil - but the seed only produces fruit in one kind of soil.
The 4 different soils are 4 different hearts - the hearts of 4 diff. Individuals & their response to the word.
A) So that is the primary interpretation / Break this down in a moment
soil / I will explain this as we go along!
1ST SOIL - PATHWAY GROUND
/ by other people / and by Just life in general -
D) So when the Word is presented to you there is this - RESISTANCE & the Devil comes and snatches the seed before it even has time to take root.
But lets Consider the secondary application as well - I believe that even as mature believers we can have areas where - hearts are hard
1) We do that same thing w/ the Lord
F) But if we are going to grow & bear fruit in every area of our lives
spiritually - there needs to be a softening in our lives to those areas
word if we are going to bear much fruit
Lets MOVE TO 2ND TYPE OF SOIL - SEED SOWN AMONG ROCKS / STONY GROUND - SHALLOW HEART
B) THE PROBLEM in this case is that there is NO DEPTH of soil for the seed to get roots down to get life sustaining moisture.
hostile towards the Lord.
E) In THAT moment they profess faith in Jesus and their faith appears to be sincere.
1) Maybe There were even tears and smiles.
BUT THEN THE SUN COMES UP AND THINGS START TO GET HOT!!
A) trials invade - difficulties arise
B) They actually have to LIVE for Jesus and STAND for Jesus before their friends or in their jobs. AT FIRST they stand up to it
1) until TRAGICALLY they are back to living the same life as before.
Matthew's Gospel adds this light to the Parable: Matt. 13:21"yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
persecution, trials & Trib / STRENGTHEN TRUE FAITH in Christ.
B) But The faith of this listener is not saving faith at all./ Never rooted
C) They had not reckoned the cost of following Jesus & when the difficulties come they wither up and die.
D) Their hearts were not truly affected by His great love.
NOW AGAIN CONSIDERING THIS SECONDARY APPLICATION THERE ARE PLACES IN OUR HEARTS / NO DEPTH
NEXT SOIL IS THE THORNY SOIL DISTACTED HEART - Here there is NO LACK of SOIL/ PLENTY OF DIRT & DEPTH / also THORNS
"thorns and briars" that "choke" spiritual life.
B) This person hears the word & is moved by it / and convicted / the seed
goes down deep - takes root And even sprouts
1)but never bears any fruit - / Doesnít come to maturity V.14 / Fruit but
it is Sour & inedible
cares, riches & pleasure
NOTE THIS JESUS MENTIONS 3 THINGS THAT CHOKE OUT THE WORD - Cause us to not be fruitful cares, riches & pleasure
A) Mark 4:18 "Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 "and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
B) Letís break this down because we see many of this kind of hearer.
1) They BELIEVE what they are hearing and ARE NOT OPPOSED to
C) But their hearts are busied with other concerns other than the concerns of God and thus there is NO ROOM for God to work in their hearts.
CARES OF THIS LIFE ? Worries & concerns over finances / bills / just stuff - Never let go of - Word never has affect
A) We are such a busy culture - so many things that demand our time &
attention. So easy to get caught up in the cares of this world
2nd DECIETFULNESS OF RICHES
things; it involves being obsessed with them
D)55:1 "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy?
SUCH A TRAP & DECEPTION !!!!!!
3rd WORLDLY PURSUITS / DESIRE FOR OTHER THINGS
NOTE: I believe that this is the PREDOMINANT SOIL in America &
So. California today
A) There are Thousands of things which are innocent in and of themselves that are pursued to excess
B) Guys We have too many distractions that can "choke" the Word of God.
D) The love of other things will choke off the Word and keep it from bearing fruit..... love for Christ...... in your life.
1) We need to GUARD our hearts from such cares.
Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf.
"First the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood."
"Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up.
When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait he licks it, tasting the fresh, frozen blood.
He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly the wolf licks the blade harder and harder / So great is his craving for blood that the wolf doesn't notice the razor sharp sting of the naked blade on his tongue nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his own warm blood.
His appetite just craves more -- until the dawn finds him dead in the snow!"
THE SAME IS TRUE OF THE PERSON WHO HEARS THE WORD BUT IS CHOKED OUT the CARES RICHES & PLEASURES
AGAIN SECONDARY INTERPRETATION - TO THE CHRISTIAN -
HEARS A WORD - WANTS GOD TO WORK BUT he is distracted by the cares of this world & pursuits of riches
A) Such a listener feels that Jesus is right and His promises are good......
Yet he sees the "cares, riches and pleasures of life" as equally good.
B) You might say: "I don't see those things as equally desirable as the Lord"
C) Question If that is true, then why do you spend SO MUCH on those supposedly less important things and so little time on the Lord?
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
A) "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?"
1) Quest. What is it that means the "whole world" to you?
the frog's optical field of perception is like a blackboard wiped clean, and that the only images it receives are objects that directly concern him -- such as his natural enemies or the food he needs for survival. Therefore these amphibious little creatures are never distracted by unimportant things, but are aware only of essentials and whatever may be dangerous to them.
In the Christian life we frequently become preoccupied with the vain things of the world. We allow our lives to become so cluttered with materialistic and insignificant concerns that we lose perspective of the "things that endure
Psa. 119:37 37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Prov. 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny YOU, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
LAST SOIL - GOOD GROUND - HEART THAT IS SOFT & RECEPTIVE TO GODíS WORD - TO GOSPEL
15 "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
HEARER that will bear fruit.
B) Noble - Means honest and good
Honest - Speaks of being honest before God concerning his sin
Good - Means generous self-abandonment, overflowing devotion
C) NOTE Such soil does NOT exist in the heart of man by nature.
Such hearts are the product of the work of God.....
So How do we get the other soils to the place of being good
1st Not saved - Ezk. 36 God can change the hard heart
C) Let the roots get deep God wants to take you beyond the superficial to a DEEP and LASTING relationship with Jesus Christ.
1)and you know that your heart is full of "THORNS"
E) God wants to begin to UPROOT those things that have been "CHOKING OFF" the Word of God in your life.
1) Thorns - needs to be cleared -
F) Thorns - SEE THAT ETERNITY MATTERS
RESULT - OF GOOD SOIL - NOTE 3 THINGS INCLUDE V.16-21 IN THIS BEACAUSE ALL DEAL W/ HEARING
1ST BEARS FRUIT
2ND THAT PERSON SHINES -
3rd PROOF OF BEING A Child
No matter which soil most speaks of your heart and thus represents the kind of hearer that you are, the Bible declares that all three failures can be changed
A) Perhaps you've sat and heard of the "nail pierced hands" of JESUS and those words fell like seed upon HARD GROUND.
B) Let me tell you tonight, God can break even the hardest of hearts and make them fit for His Word!!
Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear:
For the unbeliever
Perhaps tonight the Lord has prepared the soil of your heart for the Gospel
RESPOND to Him and give your life to Jesus
For the Christian
Ask God to keep the soil of your heart GOOD
Pray for Good Soil in the hearts of your unsaved friends