Matthew 13:1–9 (ESV) & Matthew 13:18-23
The Parable of the Sower
13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on
the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other
seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other
seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
Down here in the South (the Bible Belt), I often hear the bad theology of “Once saved, always saved.” This sounds great, but it is not Biblical. Today’s
reading explains this. This is why I have included two readings for today, so I could put them together. The first is the parable, the second reading is Jesus explaining the parable. Notice that the explanation is coming from Jesus,
not me. Pay close attention to the explanation. I will not elaborate on it since Jesus does a good job explaining it to his disciples.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what
was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he
falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil,
this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to scatter seeds everywhere, even in places I don’t think the seed will grow. Help me to always to be “good soil” and to bear fruit. Amen.