The sower and the seed Part II (Matthew 13:18-23) | back

 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Here is the explanation of the story I told you about the farmer planting grain.

 19When 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. The hard path represents the heart of a person who hears the truth, but does not understand it; then Satan (the wicked one) comes and snatches it away. Satan will always try to put doubt in your mind. (Deception - false teachings - traditions of men).

 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; One who receives it with joy and is ready to go.

 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. No foundation! No depth in their life for the seeds of truth do not root very deeply. After a while when trouble comes or persecution begins because of what one believes in, their enthusiasm fades and they drop out. When you stand for truth, you will get a little persecution at times; So what! It happened to Christ and it will happen to you. You can handle it!

 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. The ground covered with thistles represents the man or woman who hears the message of truth, but the cares and ways of the world and their longing for money choke out the Word of God, and they do less and less for God. Always making time for things of the world that please themselves, puff themselves up, always striving to make money, but never any time to study God's Word.

 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Remember the seed is the "Word of God" and the good ground represents the heart of the one who listens to the message and understands it and shares it with others bringing thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom. It is the producing fruit that is important; not the amount.