Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:1-23
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
It’s the same seed, but it’s different ground. Good ground is the exact opposite of all other grounds combined.
The sower soweth the word.15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Sower—not defined. Any preacher of the word. Success of the preacher has more to do with the hearers than the preacher! First Soil—hard hearted, word can’t penetrate. Second Soil—shallow, surface interest, superficial. Third Soil—Distracted—cares of the world—anxious, unrelaxing attention to worldly affairs. Paying attention to worldly things makes you go after money and stuff. You’ll never grow spiritually. Fourth soil—opposite of others—soft, tender hearted, deep interest in God’s Word, focused and determined to endure.
parable of the sower. All the obstacles of salvation. Getting saved aint easy. It’s not up to you and your technique entirely. Many issues going on.
And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus is not telling them these things for their information, but to be proclaimed. Spiritual growth is not for you alone—it’s for the edification of others.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Salt—preserves from corruption. Christian character arrests worldly corruption, keeps it in check. Light—men recoil from light. We preserve and drive away!
Lost saltiness—conformity to world does not preserve world from corruption. If Christians don’t do it, who will? The world can’t preserve itself. A saltless Christianity will be trampled on!
Light of world—Jesus Christ. WE are luminaries, lamps, showing forth His light.
See good works—Matthew 6 will say not to let anyone see your religious deeds. That is religious do-goodism; this is talking about Christlike character.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Good ground is probably ground of people who are weary and heavy laden. Tired of sin and desperate for true life. An active and passive wretchedness, burden of sin and fruitless work. If you don’t find rest for your soul; you’re not one of the meek and lowly ones.
Easy—helpful, kind, sweet, delightful. Pharisees gave a yoke too grievous to be borne.
This is our appeal—you’re hurting; Jesus can help.