I’m sitting at a railroad track and I just remembered my commitment to start a blog series on the teachings of Jesus the Messiah.
Of course everything Jesus says is profound, but I want to hone in on this verse as the basis for the series:
But I have a greater witness than John—My teachings and My miracles. The Father gave Me these works to accomplish, and they prove that He sent Me.
The Father gave Jesus His teachings and His miracles as proof that God sent Him. That means as we study the teachings of Christ they will give us the evidence we need to believe He is sent by God as Messiah and because He was sent by God we can trust His teachings are a roadmap to Heaven.
Parable of the Sower.
I chose this parable because Jesus said:
“Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?” (Matthew 4:13)
As we delve into this series I would like to use this parable to note the truth, not all will understand the teachings of Jesus. The teachings are treasures and the understanding is preserved for the elect. Let’s begin.
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Jesus often uses the phrase, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Proverbs 20:12 says ears to hear and eyes to see are gifts from the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father please give me ears to hear and eyes to see wonderful things in Your Word. (Psalm 119:18). You reward those who diligently seek You (Hebrews 11:3), please help me to seek diligently, in Jesus Name Amen.
We are blessed to live in a time where we have the explanation given to the disciples about this parable recorded:
“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Wow. I’m always so amazed by everything my Savior says.
Major takeaways from this parable:
1. A lack of understanding concerning the message of the Kingdom of Heaven prevents bearing fruit.
2. Those who don’t have deep roots will not bear fruit because problems or persecution will cause them to fall away.
3. Worries of this life and the lure of wealth will prevent a hearer from producing fruit.
4. Only those who truly hear and understand the Word produce fruit.
This parable and the truth Jesus explains about it is worth meditating and praying on. Cut distractions and draw near to God to hear His Word. We are in perilous times (2 Timothy chapter 3 and 1 Timothy 4:1,2) and only those who love, hear, and understand the Word of God will escape the deception (2 Thessalonians2:7-12).
About the times and the seasons: Brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11