What are we Planting?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2020 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on What are we Planting?

Our gospel lesson for this 6th Sunday after Pentecost is from Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23. This section in Matthew is “The Parable of the Sower”. I know we have all read it many times, but I have found that it has real meaning for us today. Dear Lord…Open our minds and hearts to hear your words so that we can understand what you are saying to us. We want to understand our words to minister to your people and bring your words of love and saving grace to all for expanding your kingdom here on earth. We are your followers, dear Lord. We will be discussing the parables that Matthew has written down in his gospel. In fact, he has put down seven parables in Chapter 13. What is interesting about this parable is that Jesus explains His use of parables and he explains the parable. Jesus was sitting by the sea and talking with the many people who had followed Him along with the disciples. He started to tell the crowd about the sower of seeds first. We wonder why he used the concept of seeds. Well, many of the crowd either had planted a field or planted a garden for their food. They, like we, understand the need for seeds to be planted properly for growth and production of the product they represent. Jesus goes on to tell about 4 types of plantings. One type was that some seeds fell on the ground. You say, “Well, that happens even in the way we plant.” What Jesus was talking about was that some seeds probably fell out of the pouch the farmer carried with him in the field. The seeds were randomly distributed due to this happening. Yes…some of the birds and animals would pick them up for their food…and the seed would not produce the product it had been planted for. Yes…the birds and animals were fed. The second type of planting Jesus described was that the seed was planted on the roadside…or on rocky ground. We know that the seeds falling on rocks would not get roots deep enough in that situation to be able to really produce well. With no foundation…they grew quickly and couldn’t get roots deep enough to withstand the warmth of the sun, rain, wind, etc. The third planting Jesus talks about is the seeds that were sown in ground that was thick with thorns. Thorns often grow where other plants cannot and take over the area, choking out the seeds that cannot get rooted and grounded. The fourth planting is the type of planting we all like to see, that of seeds falling on good ground. All in a nice row, with thorns and weeds being eliminated from the area. These seeds, with the rain and sun, thrived and produced an abundant crop. Now…we can understand most of what Jesus is describing here…as we have experienced it. However, this is a parable and in the next verses, the disciples are asking Jesus why he is speaking in parables. They come right out and ask Jesus why he is speaking in parables. Jesus answers them by saying that the secrets of the kingdom have been given to them…and they will be given more secrets of the kingdom. In other words, they are willing to listen and take the words to heart for giving to other people. For those who choose to not listen…they are given no secrets. I am also of the opinion that Jesus used parables for teaching the disciples. He not only is showing them how the Word they will...

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