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Title: The Parable of the Sower


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Lesson 7 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 must be
    avoided!!!

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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)
  • Do you know any thorny soils?
  • Those who are in the church but are controlled
    (seemingly) by the things of the world, thus are
    unfruitful in their Christian endeavors?
  • They appear to be Christians (to man), but their
    choices and lifestyles make them lukewarm at best
    (cf. Rev. 315-16).
  • They confidently expect heaven but are allowing
    the thorns of life to choke out God and His Word,
    thus being deceived regarding their true
    condition.

20
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • has an honest and good heart (Luke 815).
  • He accepts and serves with whole-hearted and
    honest devotion because he prepared his heart to
    seek the law of the Lord (Ezra 710).
  • Honesty is a characteristic that is essential,
    not only in becoming a Christian, but in living
    the Christian life.
  • We are to provide things honest in the sight of
    all men (Rom. 1217 2 Cor. 821), think honest
    things (Phil 48), live honestly in all things
    (Heb. 1318).

21
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • hears the word (Matt. 1323).
  • It is essential to hear the Word of God aright.
  • So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by
    the word of God (Rom. 1017).
  • And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed
    and were baptized (Acts 188).

22
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • hears and understands (Matt. 1323).
  • To understand means to perceive, to grasp the
    meaning of, to know. One understands by giving
    undivided attention and ceasing not to think
    about it.
  • Understanding is both possible and essential to
    please God.
  • Do you understand what you are reading? (Acts
    830)
  • When you read, you may understand (Eph. 34).
  • Understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph.
    517).

23
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • hears and accepts/receives it (Mark 420).
  • He takes it in and it becomes a part of him.
  • Compare Acts 812 814
  • they believedand were baptized (Acts 812)
  • Samaria had received the word of God (Acts
    814)
  • The Bereans received the word with all
    readiness (Acts 1711).
  • James tells us to receive with meekness the
    implanted word (James 121).

24
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • hears and keeps/holds fast to it (Luke 815).
  • He holds on to the Word (cf. 2 Tim. 113).
  • He practices the Word in his life.
  • He hears these sayings of Mine and does them
    (Matt. 724).
  • He is a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only,
    one who looks into the perfect law of liberty
    and continues in ita doer of the work (James
    122-25).

25
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • hears and bears fruit w/ patience (Luke 815).
  • He does not expect a harvest overnightthe seed
    is sown and it takes time to grow.
  • The farmer waits for the precious fruit of the
    earth, waiting patiently for it until it (James
    57).
  • The fruit-bearing Christian is the only one
    pleasing to God (cf. John 151-8).
  • It is not enough to produce one crop and then
    fall into unfruitfulness. One must persevere.

26
The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • The good ground hearer
  • produces in varying quantities.
  • Some are more fruitful than others, but the fruit
    born is the same.
  • Some have more experience.
  • Some have more ability.
  • Some are converted earlier in life than others.
  • Some have families and others who are more
    helpful.
  • Nevertheless, God expects us to bear fruit, doing
    so with and by His almighty helping hand (John
    15).

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The Parable of the SowerThe Narrative
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • The SoilsThe Good Soil
  • (Matt. 138, 23 Mark 48, 20 Luke 88, 15)
  • Do you know any good soils, who differ from
  • From the wayside hearer in that he understands
    the Word and does not allow Satan to take it
    away.
  • From the stony ground hearer in that he does not
    allow temptations to overcome him, but he
    overcomes them.
  • From the thorny ground hearer in that he does not
    allow the cares, riches pleasures to choke the
    Word.
  • From all classes in that he alone bears fruit to
    God.

28
The Parable of the SowerLessons Learned
Mt. 133-8, 18-23 Mk. 43-8, 14-20 Lk. 85-8,
11-15
  • We must be the right kind of hearers.
  • There is no salvation apart from the life-giving
    Word.
  • Seed has no power until it is sown.
  • Christ wants everyone exposed to the gospel.
  • Bad influences must not harden us to the truth.
  • We must resist Satan.
  • We must avoid impulsiveness.
  • We must act with sober deliberation.
  • Persecution must be viewed handled properly.
  • A child of God can fall away from the faith.
  • Trust in the providential care of the Lord.
  • Avoid the dangers of materialism.
  • Always put Christ first in your life.
  • Fruitlessness will be punished.
  • God is no respecter of abilities.
  • Not all hearers will obey the Word and be saved.
  • Soil preparation is key for the seed to be
    received.
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