The Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality

(MatthewThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » 13:1-9, 18-23)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

July 13, 2014 (5th Sunday after the PentecostThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... »)

Introduction

What is parableWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... »? “At its simplest a parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness,  and leaving the mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in sufficient doubt“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » about its precise application  to tease it into active thought” (C. H. Dodd, The ParablesA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » of the KingdomWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961, p. 5).

The Parable of the SowerThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » is the first parable on this year’s lectionary. So let’s discuss first why JesusGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » used the parables in his teaching? Jesus answers us on Matthew 13:10-17. Jesus cloaked the kingdom in his parables since GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... » reveals only his mysteries to his disciplesThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » (v.11). “The secret about the kingdom of GodWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables” (MarkPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 4:11). He also challenged his listeners, esp. the Pharisees“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » and PriestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... », to understand the WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » (v.13). Having explained that let’s proceed with the passage for today.

Our parable today is also found in Mark 4:3-8 and LukeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » 8:5-8.sower

Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » went out the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and sat beside the seaA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », but the crowd was following him, and waited for him to discuss something spiritual; so he got into a boat and from there he taught the people who were standing on the beach.

The parable has four kinds of soil where the seedsThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » fell down. But they are not the focus of the parable. It’s the seeds.

However, let me tell you how the farmerThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » planted his seeds. The farmer carried the sack of seeds on the left or right side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » of his body. Then he grabbed the seeds and threw to his fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». But when he was throwing his seeds, some of the seeds fell to different grounds. In our passage some fell on the path, some fell on the rocky ground, some fell on thorn bushes, and most of them fell on goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » soil.

I. Seeds Fell Along the Path (13:4).

Have you experienced to watch a Chinese drama movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » without caption? Could you understand it? Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... » not, if you are not a Chinese and if you don’t speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » Chinese. It’s like the explanation for this text. A manYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » who hears the Word, but he doesn’t understand it (13:19). Since he doesn’t understand it, he has no foundation of truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », and when the evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » one comes, he snatches away what was sown in his heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ».

All of us are walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in that stage. Some of us heard the Word of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » in a crusade, BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » studies, Sunday sermonThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » or personal sharing of a friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », but we don’t understand it. That’s why it is not rooted in our heart. So when the evil comes we are easily swayed and victimized. When other people comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to us and tell us different beliefs we are easily snatched away since we don’t knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » our own beliefs.

II. Seeds Fell on Stony Ground (13:5-6).

Jesus explains the seeds fell on stony ground. He says, a man who hears the Word, accepts joyfully, but since it has no roots, when he encounters troubles and persecutions, he falls away (13:20-21).

These people received the gospelYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », but they did not nurture it to make it alive in their heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » so when they meet troubles and persecutions because of their faithThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » and principles, they left their belief and serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to God.

III. Seeds Fell Among Thorn Bushes (13:7).

When Jesus explains the third kind of seed, he says that this is a man who hears the Word, but worries life, so he gives in to worldly pleasures, and worries of life, and did not bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » fruits. “It can’t produce a crop” (13:22).

This is the person who receivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » the Word and honestly tries to live for Jesus Christ. But there is one problem, the thorns or worldliness. He is unwilling to cut completely loose from the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». He bears fruit, fruit does appear but it never ripens; it is never able to be plucked. The thorns choke the life out of it (davidgospeldaily.blogspot.com).

IV. Seeds Fell on Good Soil (13:8).seedsofsower1

Jesus explains the fourth and last seed fell on the good soil by saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » that the man who hears the Word, understands it, and produces plenty of fruits (13:23).

The man’s heart is noble. He honestly seeks to learn to know the truth, spiritually as wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » as physically. Once the truth is known he holds fast to it. He bears fruit with perseverance and patience. How long have you been a ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... »? How many souls did you already brought to Christ? (davidgospeldaily.blogspot.com).

The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul advised believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to engage in good works so they would not be unfruitful (Titus 3:14). The Apostle PeterThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » also exhorted believers to add the qualities of Christian character to their faith lest they be unfruitful (2 Peter 1:8) (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Conclusion

In the four kinds of seeds, where do we put ourselves? Are we seeds fell on the path? Seeds fell on the rocky ground? Seeds fell on the thorn bushes? Or Seeds fell on the good soil? Our own seeds will reflect our own spirituality and status before God.

The messageThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » of the parable is that the Kingdom of God is sure, and the message of the parable challenges us to be faithful as God is always faithful to us.

The parable also challenges us to nurture our faith by studying the Bible, be strong in our faith and principles, bear fruits and multiply.sower-seeds1

There was a little boyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » who used to escape his bedroom after being punished. He would crawl out of his bedroom window down an old fruit tree to the ground.

One day, his fatherJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » told him that he was going to cut down the fruit tree, because it hadn’t borne any fruit for a number of years.

That evening, the boy and his friends bought a bushel of apples, and during the night, tied those apples on the barrenThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » branches.

The next morning, the man could not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » his eyes. He said to his wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... », “Honey, I can’t believe it! That old tree hasn’t yielded any fruit for years, and now it’s covered with apples. And, the most amazing thing is that it’s a pear tree!” (illustrationexchange.com).

Fruit in the SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » can’t be faked! You either have it or you don’t. You might attempt to hang apples on the pear tree – but that’s not real fruit! God doesn’t want us to pretend. If you don’t have a fruit that God intends for you, go to Him today. Yield yourself to Him, to His will, to His loveWhat is the Greatest Commandment?. Read more ... » and He will giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you much fruit that you cannot imagine.

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » (JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » 15:5).

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