Bible Study Shorts – More of Jesus’ Teachings
Four Soils – Which One Are You?
Matthew 13:3-9, “Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still, other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – 100, 60 or 30 times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear. “
So what does all this mean?
Thankfully, Jesus goes on to explain the various soils in the following passages. There’s no need for me to spell it out. Let’s allow the best teacher in the world to explain what he means.
V18-23: “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
The one who receives the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
The one who receives the seed that fell in the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
But the one who receives the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding 100, 60 or 30 times what was the sown.”
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Which soil are you?