Friday, March 5, 2010

Life's Worries and Comfort Through the Parable of the Sewer

Luke 8 : "4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5'A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.'
When he said this, he called out, 'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'
9His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, 'The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
' 'though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.'[a]
11'This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop."
Notes:
  • seed is word of God
  • those on path are ones who hear
  • devil comes to take word from them
  • devil brings doubt and unbelief
  • Rock: those who receive the word with joy, but it has no root to stay. They believe for awhile, but in the time of testing it falls away.
  • Thorns: Seed stands for those who hear, but the seed is destroyed by lifes worries!
  • God Soil: Noble good heart, hear word and keep it, persever and produce a crop.
What kind of ground are you allowing yourself to be? As of lately I have been the one that has been thorny ground. I kept hearing God say "The future is mine." and it bothered me to think about what is coming (change, moving, etc.). I asked God for comfort this morning and He sure helped me out when giving me this.
To be honest, I saw myself as the thorny ground. Jesus was plain and simple about it, but there is hope, because you can change what kind of ground you are! In a garden you can pull the weeds out.

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