Thursday, January 20, 2022
16-17 “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.
The Meaning of the Harvest Story
18-19 “Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road.
20-21 “The seed cast in the gravel—this is the person who hears and instantly responds with enthusiasm. But there is no soil of character, and so when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
22 “The seed cast in the weeds is the person who hears the kingdom news, but weeds of worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun strangle what was heard, and nothing comes of it.
23 “The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”
-Matthew 13:16-23 The Message
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Sower Explained
Verse 18: “Listen then to the parable of the sower.
Verse 19: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown with seed beside the road.
Verse 20: The one sown with seed on the rocky places, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
Verse 21: yet he has no firm root in himself but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately he falls away.
Verse 22: And the one sown with seed among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, and the anxiety of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Verse 22 study: Is it agreeable that with Christ, no intention is not obeying? It is easy to denounce worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth, and still do nothing to change our ways. In light of eternal life with God, are your present worries justified? If you had everything you could want but forfeited eternal life with God, would those things be so desirable?
Verse 23: But the one sown with seed on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces, some a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times as much.”
Verse 23 study: The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People do respond differently because of their level of readiness. Some hardened shallow, others are just contaminated by worries that are distracting and some are receptive. How have you taken root of God’s Word? What kind of soil would you consider yourself?
Luke 10:23, 24; Matthew 16:17; John 20:29
John 8:56; Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 1:10-12
Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15
Matthew 4:23; Matthew 5:37
Matthew 12:32; 13:39; Mark 4:19; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 1:20; 2:6, 8; 3:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4;Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:2; Matthew 19:23; 1 Timothy 6:9, 10, 17
Father, this is my first time hearing about the different soils. I would have heard of it if I kept on reading the book of Matthew. I have issues growing because of anxiety, so I’m not the best growing seed for you. Thank you for using me in other ways to help spread the Word. If I am soil, it would be contaminated by worries that are distracting and some are receptive. I pray for anyone that struggles to grow. Let them open their heart to you to help them grow like seeds and soil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.