Parable: Sower sows seeds; it is word of kingdom; we receive it in soil of our choice.

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1. All parables contain mysteries of the kingdom of God.

"Matthew 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." That is, if you have spiritual desire for the kingdom of God, you will listen to this; if not, you will not listen. "10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Every parable has mysteries, it is revealed to the disciples of God, and is hidden from others. Others study them as stories and interpretations and they have a good time. But disciples receive the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus says in 12 to 18 that ungodly religious hypocrites get worse and worse, but godly people get blessed, see the kingdom of God in spirit, and will receive the kingdom as inheritance. ["12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower."] Jesus Christ says that his followers are blessed people because they see and hear the reality of his kingdom. Let us see how Jesus teaches the parable to his disciples.

2. Receiver decides which soil he plants seed, but not the sower.

It appears in the parable that the sower decides, and throw the seeds around. Please notice, how Jesus hides the mystery to the Pharisees in this parable. Jesus says about the sower, the seed, and the soil, but not about the person who receives the seed, to the people like Pharisees and scribes. It appears that the sower is out of his mind and threw seeds around like a maniac, but not as a farmer. ["Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."] "3 says, And he (Jesus) spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;" The sower sowed seeds, it is the word of God about his kingdom. "4 some seeds fell by the way side, 5 Some fell upon stony places, 7 some fell among thorns; 8 other fell into good ground." How did the seeds fell in different kinds of places? Did they fly on their own and fell? No, even the sower did not intent to throw them there. Then, Jesus explains it again to his disciples. "20 he received the seed into stoney places", "22 he received seed among thorns", and "23 he received seed into the good ground." In every instant, the seeds fell there, because the man of the place received the seeds and sow them wherever he wanted. Let me explain it in our way. Say, a paper boy delivers a soliciting paper to me; and I receive it and throw it in my garbage bin. So, I received it in my garbage. A sale paper came to me, I kept it on the kitchen counter until the next shopping day, and then throw it away. One unimportant freebee package came, I put it in the kids toy pile. The dogs and the kids tore them apart, had a good time with it, and it was destroyed. This is how I received the things which are not important to me. If the words of the kingdom of God is not important to us, this is the way we will treat the word and the messenger. Then, UPS man delivers a computer to me; I asked him to put it on my desk; I opened it, set it up, initiated it, and went to work with it. It became my computer. I spent a lot of time to do my work with my computer, and it became a part in my life. If the seed, the word of God's kingdom comes to you, and if it is important to you, you will plant them in important part of your life; and if it is not important to you, you will plant it in unimportant place. The place that you plant it, will decide your eternal destiny. Is it on our wayside, stony place, among thorns, or, is it on good ground that is prime part of our life? If we sow it on the good ground of our life, then we will inherit eternal life. The sower or the seed, has no part to play with our decision. Preachers preach philosophy and theory to make the sower and the seed as the prime actors in this. No, it is we, who are prime actors. Where do we keep the seed that we have received about the kingdom of God?

3. Many preachers teach many kinds of deviations from this parable.

They tell us to think about the Sower. They say that the sower is Jesus Christ. He sows the seeds on every nook and corner of streets, every church, in all types of grounds, beginning from wayside, stony places, thorny places, and all over. This is a very liberal concept. But Jesus says in this parable, that all kinds of soils amounts to nothing, except the good ground. They are the only one that gives fruits. Then they say that we must bring the seed of salvation to everyone, even to people like demons, so that all will have a chance to go to heaven. They say that Jesus wants us to scatter the seeds of God everywhere. They have no clue about this parable. Jesus Christ teach one thing, but they understand a different thing. They themselves are not saved, and they do not know what salvation is. How could they save the whole world? They have a very liberal mind, to include demons and angels in the same basket, and to take them to heaven. This is the theology of today. God made them blind, but they think that they see it all. They say many things to show that Christ came to share the word of God with everyone. But Jesus Christ says that he will reveal his mystery only to his disciples and will hide them from others. But they say that God shows that all different kinds of soils in our life are okay, and God gives his seed to every one of them. But God accepts only the good soil, it is the only one that gives fruit, and all other soils have failed, they are rejected and are worthless.

4. Where do you receive the seed, How do you use it for the kingdom?

[4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.] In verse 4 and 19 Jesus says, that if we threw the seeds of the kingdom of God on our wayside, means, if we talk about God's kingdom to the people on our door steps and on our side walk, and it is our level. Then the devil will take the truth away from you, whatever you have heard. [5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.] Jesus tells us in verses 5&6; the explanation is in 20&21; that if you are a religious person, pick up the kingdom message in your excitement and use it to put up a show, if things do not work out the way you have expected, or if tribulation and persecutions comes to you because of your stand for God or for your belief, you will get disappointed, fail, and you will quit. [7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.] Jesus explains to us in verses 7 and 22 that our wellbeing and riches in this world are not actually blessings for the kingdom of God in heaven. They are deceitful for spiritual purposes. When they increase, the deception will be to pay our attention to the riches thinking that they are the blessings. Our riches will choke our spirit to death, our godliness will become religion, and will put an end to the purpose of the kingdom of God in heaven.

5. Good ground brings 30, 60, and hundred fold, for the kingdom.

"8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Luke writes in 8:15 that those who have "honest and good heart" understand the word. So, it is important to follow Jesus Christ with honest and good heart, but not with pride for a show. Mark 4:2-20, and Luke 8:4-15 also say the same parable in the same way. So, godly people receive the word of God, and it is about the kingdom of God in heaven. They will yield fruit to God, and then God will give their inheritance in heaven. It is mentioned as 30, 60, and hundred fold. So we give fruits to God in three different measures, and according to what we have done, God will give us inheritance. Here, this parable ends. But the 30, 60, and 100-fold is explained in many places in the scripture. Let me give a few lessons here that cover the subject. Let me give the links: 1, Heaven or Hell by works: "Link." 2, New Earth, New Heaven, and New Jerusalem; this is 30, 60, &  hundred fold: "Link." Thank you.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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