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The parable of the Sower-1

Parable of the Sower-Part 1

The Importance of the Word-Pastor Jim Huthmaker

 

Matthew 13:11-13 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Jesus is saying those that are seeking him, seeking his word, much will be revealed. The believers will receive ever more revelation. God speaks in mysteries. Believers have revelation knowledge of the mysteries of God, the hidden truths of God.  People that don’t believe in the word of God, it will be taken from them by the enemy. Satan does and will steal the word. 

 

1 Corinthians 2:7,14  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

We have to meditate on the word, study the word and receive the word spiritually

 

Different kind of Grounds:

Matthew 13:15-19 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. 16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And 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. 18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19And 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. 20And 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.

 

 

The ground represent people’s heart. Our hearts must be sensitive to God.

 

Four conditions of people’s hearts:

 

1. Seed that is sown on hard ground(Mark 4:15).

The seed would not penetrate the ground. That is the type of person where the heart can not be penetrated. They simply have a hard heart. They are not receiving the word. They don’t know what God is trying to say.

2. Seed that is sown on rocky places(Mark 4:16-17).

People that have a heart that receive from shallow ground. A shallow heart. They receive the word with gladness and then they put it away and Satan comes to steal it.

3. Seed that is sown among thorns(Mark 4:18-19).

The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of the world and all the things that are in the world are taking up people’s time.

4. Seed that is sown on good ground(Mark 4:20).

Good fertile soil. Hearts that are open to receiving Gods word. Wanting something from the word and God is going to give it to you. It brings forth good fruit, some 30, 60 ,100  fold. 

 

 

1.  Hard Ground-

Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

 

This person has no understanding. Understanding is essential to the word penetration in our hearts.  There are so many things that can cause a harden heart, the main thing is the focus. For example being offended. The only way we can become offended  is when we are self focused.  That is the primary reason that this happens, when we have a hardened heart and then we are focused on ourselves so therefore we can’t receive from God.  You can’t receive from God when you are focused on your self.  We should not take offense with people.

 

Satan is after the word to destroy it.

Mark 4:15 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.

 

We are at our weakest point right after the word is sown and before it can take root  in our hearts.

 

When the word is sown, you plant the seed and there is time and there is harvest.  If you don’t stay in the word, that’s when Satan will come and say it’s fun over here, you’re out there partying, you’re out there doing whatever and you just kind of drift away.  That’s what it’s talking about, you’re gullible. You have to stay true to God’s word.

 

2.  Rocky Places-

This person receives with gladness but there is no fruit.  The word did not take root.  There was no root. When there is no root, there is no fruit.

 

Mark 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

3.  Among Thorns-

This person hear the word but distractions come and steal the word. Examples are work, play and gadgets. These distractions Satan will use. We have to understand these things and recognize that they are just eating away at your time. It doesn’t mean that it is evil, it’s distractions. Satan is stealing from you.. We must maintain our priorities.  It has to be God, family and then ministry.

4.  Good Ground-

This is the type of heart that has less distractions.  Less cares about the world, the negative cares of the world. They focus on removing the hindrances, for example being offended at people. They are more focused on God than themselves and others, that’s the good ground. The heart is open to receiving from God.

 

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 

When you have patience, it endures. God’s word endures forever. It’s with patience, you have that seed, you plant that seed and you have that time. We live in a society that want things now but it doesn’t work that way with God’s word. Whatever it is you are believing for, it takes time and it takes patience. That patience endures and makes us strong.

 

I am going to leave you with two questions to think about and meditate on:

1. Do circumstances keep you from getting into Gods word?

2. Have you ever blamed God for something bad going on in your life?