"Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those by the way side are those that hear; then cometh the Devil, and taketh away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell of the thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
This weeks theme is perseverance. And what I'd like to focus on for this passage is how the Word settles in each type of ground. Firstly to point out is that every soil heard the Word of God and received it. One didn't react to it, allowing the enemy to come as a crow, and snatch away any seeds left. How could this happen? The way side was hard dirt, where the farmers would have walked to tend to the plants and scatter new seed. If we let our hearts to become to hard against Gods Word then it will be difficult for it to grow any roots in our lives. We need to FULLY receive it within ourselves, and soften our hears to the Lord in order for us to become prosperous with the Fruit of the Spirit. The danger of a hardening heart against God, is not believing in Him as your Lord and Savior. Those by the way side, don't repent and therefore never receive salvation. Those by the thorns are different. They allow the Word of God to prosper in their lives. They actually acted upon it the way all soil should, the Scriptures say that they went forth. However, the cares and riches of this world, the anxieties and pleasures of our habitation both physically and in the Flesh; conquer us, and those are the ones to look away from Christ. In Mathew 14 it speaks of when the disciples were in the boat going to Gennesaret, while on the way they go though a terrible storm. Versus 27-31 says, "But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" I brought in this passage to use Peter as an example. For a time he was the thorny soil. He displayed the faith to come into the water. Also what's important to mention is how he asked Jesus what to do. He went to the Father for advise and acted upon what He said. As he walked the Bible says that he "he walked on water, to go to Jesus". That's an important life lesson to bring up. He did the supernatural, because he made Christ his natural tendency to go to. However, despite all the things that happened in this text, he was afraid. The cares and anxieties of this world moved him to stray his eyes away from the Father. How easy am I able to allow this world to lean me in the wrong path?
Now to compare verse 13 and 15, both have believed and have joy. So how are they different? One let temptation subdue their lives. They saw the pleasures of this world and they compared it to the Truth. They sought earthly things other than the Heavenly. Whereas the good soil, keep the Word, and bring forth fruit with patience, all with a honest and good heart. Verse 6 of the chapter says that the stony soil lacked moisture. That's the daily, all the time washing of the Word of God. Leviticus 8:6 says," And Moses brought Aaran and his sons, and washed them with water." That's how they became sanctified. How do we become sanctified? By washing ourselves with the Word. So the biggest difference between the stony and the good soil is the Scriptural intake of that soil.
How can we apply this passage to our lives? By living and obeying His commandments and hiding His Scriptures in our hearts. To do so I will continue to read my One Year Bible every day, and focus on the engage versus in it.
Luke 8:21, "And He answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God, and do it."