The Importance Of The Parable Of The
Matthew 13:1-23 Mark 4:1-20 Luke 8:1-15
The parable of the sower is the key to avoiding the pit- falls of our walk with Christ. Jesus made the statement:
Mark|4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Or to say it another way, you must understand this parable to see the pitfalls ahead of you, and to be able to understand the rest of Jesus’ parables.
There are four types of ground that the seed falls on. The seed is the Word of God. The first type of ground is the seed that fell by the wayside. In this type of ground, the person does not have any understanding in what was preached or taught, and because there was no understanding, the devil comes and steals the Word away.
The second type of ground is the “rock”. The person in this part of the parable does not have root in himself. He is still a babe in Christ and is not ready for the tribulations and presecutions. He does not know he is not ready to war against Satan, and Satan causes him to fall away. This type of person enters into strife with people because he is still a babe in Christ. He has no understanding of how Satan works in himself and others, and because of this, he condemns others openly.
The third type of ground is the seed that fell among throns. In this type of ground the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts in himself, causes him not to bare fruit. This type of ground will cause nature death because he does not bare fruit. (John 15:2.)
The fourth type of ground is the only acceptable ground. This is the only type of ground that can bare good fruit. The ground is a pure heart. No other ground will do. This type of ground is a good and honest heart that brings forth fruit with patience.