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Title: The Parable of the Sower


1
Lesson 6 The Parable of the Sower
2
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The Sower
  • The sower went forth to sow, as was common in
    those days
  • Initially, the sower represented Christ, who went
    out teaching and sowing the Word.
  • In application and principle, it is the
    responsibility of every Christian to be the
    sower, sowing the seed of the kingdom (cf. Acts
    84).

3
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The Sower
  • Some Truths for the Sower
  • He must sow the seed and leave the increase to
    God (Isa. 5510-11 1 Cor. 36).
  • He must sow at all times, not waiting until
    everything is favorable (Ecc. 114-6 2 Tim.
    42).
  • He must sow, realizing that others may reap the
    harvest (John 435-38).
  • He must sow on all kinds of soil (Matt. 133-8).
  • He must sow with the right attitude (2 Tim.
    224-28 Eph. 415).
  • He must believe in the seed he sows (Rom. 116).

4
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The Seed
  • The seed was dispersed by the sower.
  • The seed is the Word of God (Luke 811).
  • The seed, representing the Word of God, is that
    which contains life (John 663 1 Peter 123).
  • The seed always produces after its kind (Gen.
    111 Gal. 67).
  • The seed produced Christians only in the first
    century and will produce the same today.
  • The seed can be mixed (Mt. 1324-25 Ga. 16-9).

5
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The Soils
  • The soils denote the various sorts of attitudes
    that men have towards the gospel.
  • The success of the sowing depends upon the soils
    into which the seed falls.
  • Hearts must be prepared to seek and receive the
    Word (2 Chron. 193 3019 Ezra 710).

6
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Wayside Soil
  • (Matt. 133-4, 19 Mark 415 Luke 85, 12)
  • Hard path that is fertile, but packed unplowed
  • The seed makes contact, but because the soil is
    so hard, it cannot penetrate.
  • The wayside soil represents
  • One who does not believe, because (Luke 812)
  • He has chosen not to understand, because
  • His heart has been hardened to the truth,
    because
  • He is not interested in the gospel (Matt. 1319)

7
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Wayside Soil
  • (Matt. 133-4, 19 Mark 415 Luke 85, 12)
  • The birds symbolize Satan (Matt. 1319)
  • Satan comes immediately (Mark 415) and snatches
    the seed away (Matt. 1319)
  • Satan only takes the seed after the soil has
    rejected it
  • Satan is ever happy to cooperate with those who
    reject the truth (John 1327 Matt. 274 Acts
    53-4)
  • If the Word dwelt in the heart long enough for
    faith to result, salvation could follow (Luke
    812).
  • What methods does he use to snatch the Word away?

8
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Wayside Soil
  • (Matt. 133-4, 19 Mark 415 Luke 85, 12)
  • What are some reasons hearts are hardened?
  • Pride (cf. Prov. 1618)
  • Prejudice, come with idol in heart (cf. Ezek.
    141-5)
  • Fear of giving up things (cf. Luke 1818ff)
  • Worldliness (cf. Eph. 417-18)
  • No love for truth (cf. 2 Thess. 210)
  • Continually resisting the truth (cf. Ex. 819-20)
  • Habitually practicing sin (cf. Heb. 313)

9
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Wayside Soil
  • (Matt. 133-4, 19 Mark 415 Luke 85, 12)
  • Do you know any wayside soils?
  • Hear the Word with their minds already made up
    (cf. Acts 1721)
  • Hear but think the truth applies to someone else
    (cf. John 833)
  • Hear but go out and live as they did before (cf.
    Jas. 122-25)
  • Hear but have allowed the world to trample hearts
    so long that they are untouched (cf. 1 Tim. 41-2)

10
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Stony/Rocky Soil
  • (Matt. 135-6, 20-21 Mark 416-17 Luke 86, 13)
  • A thin layer of soil overlying a solid ledge of
    rock fertility is not the problem, depth is
  • Plants spring up immediately (b/c lacks depth)
  • The stony/rocky soil represents
  • One who lacks any strong convictions /
    earnestness
  • One who is an emotional, superficial, impulsive
    hearer
  • One, possibly, who is won to Christ on basis of
    frills
  • One who sees only pleasant elements of
    Christianity
  • One who does not count the cost (Lk. 1425ff
    923)

11
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Stony/Rocky Soil
  • (Matt. 135-6, 20-21 Mark 416-17 Luke 86, 13)
  • The seed has no depth, therefore no root, without
    which no plant can survive Christians must be
    rooted in Christ (Col. 27 Eph. 317)
  • One cannot afford for his faith to be shallow.
  • Faith must grow inward (and deeply) and not be
    merely outward.

12
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Stony/Rocky Soil
  • (Matt. 135-6, 20-21 Mark 416-17 Luke 86, 13)
  • Thus, when the sun was risen (tribulation and
    persecution arose because of the Word), the
    shallow soul folks immediately fell away
  • Those who respond to the Lord impulsively are
    prone to quickly fall.
  • The sun (tribulations/persecutions) destroys the
    shallow-rooted person, but makes stronger the
    deeply rooted Christian (cf. James 12-4).
  • Though these believed for a while (Luke 813),
    they fell away. A child of God can fall away and
    be lost.

13
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Stony/Rocky Soil
  • (Matt. 135-6, 20-21 Mark 416-17 Luke 86, 13)
  • Do you know any stony soils?
  • Hears the Word, obeys the Word quickly, and then
    falls away.
  • Have emotions stirred and make sudden impulse
    decision.
  • Obey without counting the cost commitment
    involved and all one must endure.
  • Some people are easily excited, always starting
    projects but never completing them. Sometimes
    describes some Christians.

14
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Thorny Soil
  • (Matt. 137, 22 Mark 47, 18-19 Luke 814)
  • The soil is fit/fertile, but its crowded.
  • The seeds of the thorns were already in the
    ground, implying inadequate preparation.
  • The thorny soil represents
  • The pre-occupied hearer
  • A divided heart with divided loyalties (cf. Matt.
    624)
  • One who is so busy with other things he cannot be
    busy for Christ

15
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Thorny Soil
  • (Matt. 137, 22 Mark 47, 18-19 Luke 814)
  • Thorns The cares of this world (Mt. 1322)
  • These are the distracting anxieties/worries of
    this life
  • Day-to-day worries about living can distract
    (Prov. 308-9 Matt. 625-34).
  • Worry and anxiety in the example of Martha choked
    out the good part (Luke 1038-42).
  • Sometimes we allow the lesser important to choke
    out the most important (Luke 2134-35).

16
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Thorny Soil
  • (Matt. 137, 22 Mark 47, 18-19 Luke 814)
  • Thorns The deceitfulness of riches (Matt. 1322)
  • Riches promise happiness but they do not and
    cannot deliver (Ecc. 510-13).
  • Preoccupation with wealth leads to other problems
    as well (1 Tim. 69-10).
  • If materialism was a curse upon the church in the
    first century for Jesus to present a lesson on
    thorns, how much more is it a curse on the church
    today?

17
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Thorny Soil
  • (Matt. 137, 22 Mark 47, 18-19 Luke 814)
  • Thorns The desire for other things (Mark 419)
  • There are many things in our lives that can (and
    often do) take precedence over Christ family,
    educational pursuits, desire for popularity,
    career goals, etc.
  • Even things that are not intrinsically wrong must
    take a second place to the Lord (Matt. 633).

18
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Thorny Soil
  • (Matt. 137, 22 Mark 47, 18-19 Luke 814)
  • Thorns The pleasures of this life (Luke 814)
  • Christianity does not take the joy out of life,
    but it does demand that we put first things
    first.
  • Earthly pleasures cannot produce true happiness
    (Ecc. 2).
  • Hobbies, recreation, our down time, etc., are
    first with too many today (cf. 1 Tim. 48).
  • Again, some of these things may not be wrong in
    and of themselves, but placed foremost in our
    lives will leave no room for God and His Word.
  • Those pleasures that are sinful most be
    avoided!!!
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