FROM THE WORD: Understanding Jesus’ parable

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By C.L. Glasscock

Mark 4:2-8 – And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 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. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 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.

As we look at this parable Jesus spoke to his disciples, they did not understand what it meant. In Mark 4:13-20, Jesus explains it to them.

And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. 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. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 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. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 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. 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.

Jesus told his disciples and explained the meaning. Where do you stand with God? Hopefully on good ground. If not, you are lost or in a backslide.

Some say that they are saved, but have difficulty telling others about Jesus. If you identify with this, take a look at the seed that fell on stony ground. So many have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and are happy as long as everything goes really good. But the minute something bad happens, their faith falters and they fall away and go back to their old sinful life.

In the parable, Jesus also talks about the seed sown among thorns when he said, “...and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.” In other words, if you think more of yourself than you do Jesus Christ or if you love anything more than you do Jesus Christ, he can’t use you. And what a sad day it will be when you stand at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ and he says depart from me I never knew you.