A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus
Parable, a story or fable used to illustrate a religious or moral truth. Parables were used to reveal as well as to conceal truth. Jesus concealed truth from those who would reject His message—-a judgment on their hardheartedness. To people willing to receive His message, however, Jesus’ stories communicate further truth about the nature of God’s Kingdom. Quest Study Bible.
The Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4) And when much people were gathered together, and were come to Him out of every city, He spake by a parable: Mark 4:1. 5) A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6) And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8) And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9) And His disciples asked Him, saying, What might this parable be? 10) And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12) Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13) They on the rock are they which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 2 Timothy 4:10. 15) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
John Gill’s Exposition – v5 A sower went out to sow his seed…By whom Jesus Christ is chiefly designed; though it is true of every preacher of the Gospel: who goes forth, being sent by Christ, with the precious seed of the word: And, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; on the road, which was by the side of the field, in which people commonly walked, and so was beaten hard, and the seed lay upon it, and was not received; as the Gospel preached to hearers, is despised and trampled under foot by unbelievers. And the fowls of the air devoured it; who generally flock about places where seed is sowing; and here intend the devil and his angels, that have their dwelling in the air; and frequent places of public worship to hinder the usefulness of the” ministry of the word”, v6 And some fell upon a rock,…. Which the other evangelists call “stony places”, and “stony ground”; by which are meant such hearers whose hearts are, hardened through the deceitfulness of sin, and continue so even though they have the word preached unto them. And as soon as it sprung up; as it did immediately, as the other evangelists say; “because it had no depth of earth”; only a small crust, or shell of earth over the rock; and signifies, that these hearers had only a superficial knowledge of the word, which soon came to nothing: it withered away, because it lacked moisture; the other evangelists say, “when the sun was up, it was scorched”; meaning tribulation, persecution, and fiery trials: it withered because it had no root; v7 And some fell among thorns,…. On ground which had within it the roots of thorns and briars; are such hearers who have their hearts filled with worldly cares, and sensual lusts and pleasures: and the thorns sprang up with it; and grew faster than that: and choked it; as the things of this world will do and made it useless and unprofitable; “it yielded no fruit”. v8 And other fell on good ground…. ground which both looked well, and proved well; and signifies such hearers who have good and honest hearts, made so by the Spirit of God; who receive the word in the love of it, have a spiritual understanding, and sprang up, and bare fruit, an hundred fold a hundred grains for one that was sown.
More to come and God Bless You.