What Jesus says about God’s Word
Jesus had a lot to say about God’s Word. He talked about the scriptures a lot. He told a parable about the four soils.
Matthew 13: 2-8
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
Jesus didn’t want his disciples to not understand this parable so Jesus clarified the meaning of this parable.
Matthew 13: 18-23
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
The Seed is the Word of God. We are the soils, specifically our hearts.
Soil 1: The seed is scattered along the path: people hear it but do not believe it.
Soil 2: Rocky ground: those who receive the word with joy but fall away in the time of testing.
Soil 3: Among the thorns: those who hear but because of life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, they do not mature.
Soil 4: Good soil: those with a good heart who hear and retain, and persevere so produce a crop.
For a long time I believed that soil 2 was better than soil one and that soil 3 was better than soils 1 and 2. And that soil 4th was the best. But I’ve since learned that’s not really the case. The truth is God wants us to produce fruit/a crop so that means soil number 4 should be our goal.
But how do we prepare our heart so the Seed produces a crop? That’s our next lesson!