This week on the podcast, we’re going to look at seven parables Jesus told, all on the same day. The first is the parable of the sower. Perhaps you’ve heard it. It is recorded in Matthew 13:3-9,“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Jesus told this to the crowd that followed him. However, he gave the explanation to his disciples. The different soils represent different responses to the message about God’s kingdom. One response is to never consider it. That’s the path. Two responses accept the message, but don’t last. One falls away because of persecution. The other is choked by worry and wealth. But the true response accepts the message and reproduces it.
Which soil are you? I hope you are sharing the message of Jesus widely.
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