The Parable of Parables
Main point: Let us hear and head the Word as we bear fruit for Christ!
The Sower (vs. 4-8)
The Soils (vv. 9-14)
The Seed (vs. 15)
Jesus shows us that the way we respond to God’s word reveals our hearts.
> Which soil best describes the condition of my heart right now?
>What hinders me from listening to God’s word attentively, actively, responsively?
> Would distraction or disbelief be hindering me from receiving God’s
> What cares, pressures, or pleasures may be choking the word in your life?
>What might I do to prepare my heart in order to hear God’s word more attentively?
>What is the ‘word’ I will heed this week in order that it would shape my desires, decisions, and delights this week?
>How might I encourage another follower of Christ to do the same?
>What might I do to prepare my heart in order to hear God’s word more attentively and responsively?
>What is the ‘word’ I will heed this week in order that to have it shape my desires, decisions, and delights this week?
8:1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (ESV)