Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:3-9
Today we take a look at Jesus’ parable of the Sower, now the nice thing about this parable is Jesus actually explains it at the end, so there is no doubt what he is referring to. This parable is about the way people respond to the gospel, some receive it and have faith, some hear it , believe it, then when times get tough fall away, some never receive the gospel in their heart ever! So which group do you belong in?
The seed is the Word of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ! This is why it’s important we preach the gospel , share the good news with others, we don’t know who is going to receive it or who’s going to leave it. However it’s our duty to be sowers of the good news as Jesus commanded us in the Great Commision (Matthew 28:19)
Notice how Jesus ends the Parable “Let those who have ears , let them hear” meaning those who have not hardened their hearts and deafened their ears to the gospel by the Holy Spirit, let them receive the Word of God and be brought to Christ!
The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. Mark 4:14-20
Jesus explains his parable, one thing you will notice about the groups, really there are two groups: false converts and Born Again Christians. The first 3 groups either reject the gospel or receive it on false terms. We see this alot today with “Prosperity Gospel” “Cult groups” or “New Age Christianity” They don’t believe in the real Jesus or understand the real gospel. They look for a worldly Jesus to obtain pleasure and possessions now
The last group are the Born Again believers, they receive the true gospel and produce good fruit. Remember Jesus said “A bad tree can’t produce good fruit” (Matthew 7) Also “We will be known by our Fruit” (Matthew 7) There is evidence of our Born Again conversion with Christ
Regardless it’s up to God who becomes saved , sow the seed, preach the gospel to everyone in Jesus name Amen!