The Parable of the Sower
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.”
This parable is one of my favorites. There is a lot of theology in this parable, but it will be important to read tomorrow’s posting
to get the full understanding. Today I going to focus on one aspect of this parable. I want to focus on the fact that Jesus is a crazy farmer. The Sower is Jesus and the seed is the word of God. Now normal people would plant the seeds
in a plowed field. They will till the soil, plant the seeds in straight rows, and tend to the earth by watering and fertilizing the crop and waiting until the harvest time. Now why is Jesus a crazy farmer? He scatters seed on the pathways
where people walk. The soil is compacted, not aerated for good growth, or even to grow at all because of people walking on it. He next scatters his seed on rocks where there is no dirt. This is crazy, without dirt, the seed will not get the
needed moisture and will die. Jesus next scatters the seed in the weeds and thorns, that is... on untilled, unprepared soil that the other plants will choke out the light and the water from the seed. And Jesus then scatters the seed on good soil
that is ready for the seed. Now most people would be mad at their workers who are wasting seed by throwing it on roads, pathways, rocks, weeds, thorns, because the seed will only properly grow on good soil. Now what does this mean?
Jesus does not pick and choose who he shares the gospel, but shares it with all. While we try to pick and choose (which is wrong), Jesus is sharing with everyone, regardless of looks, money, color, etc... You may be wondering on how I came up with
Jesus being the sower. It is because Jesus explains this parable, but that will be in tomorrow’s reading and there is some deep theology that goes against what a lot of Christian Churches teach.
pray: O Lord, help me to be a crazy farmer. Help me to not judge people by looks, clothes, cars, careers, homes, etc... but help me to reach out to the homeless, to the black community, the Hispanic community and to all people of all colors. There
is only one race and that is the human race. Help me to share the Gospel to people who are different than me. Amen.