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The Parable Of The Sower

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  1. The Parable Of The Sower Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23

  2. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The “seed” = word of God Lk 8:11 • It is the imperishable seed that causes our new birth 1 Pet 1:22-25 • It is the living & powerful tool God uses to teach us…discern our thoughts and intentions Heb 4:12

  3. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 examples of soil represent the different types of the human heart • Explained by Jesus in vv. 18-23 • The most important part of this parable… the section of text we need to make sure we understand

  4. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Wayside Soil vv. 18-19 • Hardened hearts of those who are not concerned with the kingdom of God • Willful & proud…totally uninterested • Seared consciences 1 Tim 4:1-2

  5. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Wayside Soil vv. 18-19 • Even Satan recognizes the power of God’s seed Lk 8:12 • Thus, he comes and “snatches away” what hard hearts will not receive

  6. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Wayside Soil vv. 18-19 • Sin deceives and hardens Heb 3:7-13 • Hard hearts do not listen to God’s voice • What does this soil produce? NOTHING • What’s to be done with it? NOTHING

  7. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Rocky Soil vv. 20-21 • Shallow hearts having “no root in themselves” Mk 4:17a • No depth of character needed to sustain through difficulties that come “..because of the word Mk 4:17b

  8. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Rocky Soil vv. 20-21 • Seed fails here because it has no roots • Those who decide to follow Christ must understand the need for “roots” in a world dominated by Satan 1 Jn 5:19 2 Tim 3:12 Lk 9:57-58 14:25-30

  9. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Rocky Soil vv. 20-21 • The problem was not “hard” (unreceptive) soil that can’t receive seed • The problem is this soil lacks the depth necessary to grow good seed to maturity

  10. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Thorny Soil v. 22 • Divided hearts given to carnal pursuits Mk 4:19 Lk 8:14 • The good seed is eventually “choked out” • Good seed fails because it cannot grow

  11. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Thorny Soil v. 22 • Those who decide to follow Christ must learn the importance of prioritizing what matters eternally Mt 6:25-34 22:37 Col 3:1-5 Rom 12:2 1 Tim 6:6-10, 17 2 Tim 2:3-4

  12. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Thorny Soil v. 22 • The seed of God’s kingdom cannot thrive in a heart where there are competing concerns Jas 1:5-8 4:7-8

  13. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Thorny Soil v. 22 • The problem was not “hard” (unreceptive) soil nor “shallow” (lack of depth) • The problem is this soil is too cluttered with competing concerns, interests

  14. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Good Soil v. 23 • A heart that “hears & understands” • The “honest and good heart” Lk 8:15 • Honest re: himself & his need for God… makes him receptive, able to grow fruit

  15. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Good Soil v. 23 • The collective opposite of the other 3 • Not hard, impenetrable (wayside) • Not shallow, uncommitted (rocky) • Not crowded, cluttered, divided (thorny)

  16. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Good Soil v. 23 • The only type of soil (heart) that will successfully receive & grow seed • Yields do not indicate some fail where others succeed (100, 60, & 30 fold)

  17. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheApplication • The 4 soils Ù The 4 human hearts • The Good Soil v. 23 • Different abilities will yield differing amounts • The Lord is aware of each one’s individual capabilities cp. Mt 25:14-30

  18. What Kind Of Heart Am I? The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheLesson • The obvious question to personally apply this parable…

  19. ¾ The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheLesson • A secondary lesson… • The parable also offers evangelistic help • Most of our efforts will go for naught Mt 7:13-14 22:14 • Majority of the soils were not good

  20. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheLesson • A secondary lesson… • The parable also offers evangelistic help • We must do the only thing we can do… SOW THE SEED • Everything else is up to God and the heart we try to influence or teach 1 Cor 3:6-7

  21. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheLesson • The parable has only 3 elements… • Sower • Seed • Soil Constants Variable

  22. The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23 TheLesson • The soil is the determining factor whether one will receive the seed and grow fruit to maturity • Any inherent goodness in the seed, and any love & concern in the sower is reduced to nothing if the soil is bad