Parable of the Sower Matt 13: 18-23 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Jesus interpreted the parable of the sower in Matt 13:18-23. Today, we will examine the response of some of the people to whom Jesus preached the word of God to see illustrations of this parable.
Seed by the way side – Matt 13:19 – seed sown by the wayside never springs up because it is not understood by the hearers. The devil catches away that which they heard. The pharisees are an excellent example of seed sown by the wayside. See Matt 12:22-24; Jn 8:43-44; Matt 21:45-46; Matt 22:41-46.
Seed into stony places – Matt 13:20-21 – seed sown into stony places springs up but can’t survive the heat because it has no root. The heat of tribulation or persecution causes it to wither and die. He is offended. See Jn 6:60-66; Matt 21:8-11 with Matt 27:20-24.
Seed among thorns – Matt 13:22 – seed sown among thorns is choked out by the thorns of the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and becomes unfruitful. See Matt 19:16-24; Jn 12:3-8.
Seed into the good ground – Matt 13:23 – seed sown into the good ground of an honest and good heart [Lk 8:15] will bear fruit. He hears it and understands it. See Matt 13:10-13; Acts 2:37-41; Jn 4:25-30, 39-42; Jn 9:30-38.
Conclusion: so which kind of hearer are you? Has the word not taken root in your hard heart yet? Are you a shallow Christian who has been easily offended and now you are out? Did the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word in you? Or are you a fruitful Christian in whom the word of God bears fruit in your honest and good heart?