The Sower’s Seeds


And here you thought all along that there were two kinds of people – nonnies and Christians.  Ha!  Like anything’s ever that easy!!  Actually, there are four kinds of people, we just don’t see it that way very often.  Comes from a story called the ‘Parable of the Sower’.  It’s important, too – all three of the synoptic writers included it, and that can’t be said of a LOT of things.  So I thought we’d take a look at it… and then I’d throw something out there that I saw that may or may not be valid, but sure looks like it fits to me.

Now what’s interesting?  I had no idea what this parable was talking about.  For YEARS – seriously.  I looked at the eaten up seeds and said, “Nonnie!”  Then at the fried seeds, and said, “Nonnie!”  Then at the choked seeds and said, “Nonnie!”  And then at the good seeds, and, ah…. “Christian!”   As if there were only two categories for people to fit into.  ((And, well, there are, only because we tend to be complicated, this is complicated, too.))  HOWEVER, I’m pleased to say that it won’t be a boring read.  I found kewl graphics, I got m’notes, and we’re ready to dig in, eh?

((I’m taking the verses from  Mark 4, KJV, of course… and pictures borrowed from KidsSundaySchool))

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:  First, you need to know that the sower is Jesus.  ((See Matt 13:37 to verify))  Next you need to know that what He sows is the Gospel.  The Truth.  The Word.  Logos, for you uber-smart people.  Where does Jesus ‘sow’ His Truth?  In the hearts of men.  What happens from there is one of four scenarios.  Stay with me…

sowerpathAnd it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. (vs 3,4)   And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.  (vs 15)
Now I want to mention right off the bat that Mark n’ Matthew don’t mention something that Luke does (and yes, I comparison read.  I’m anal.)  Luke says that when the seed falls, it gets ‘trodden’ and then eaten by birds.  The reason I mention this, is because some commentator (heck if I remember which one) said that people that fall on this path have been trodden on by more than we want to know about.  They’ve dealt with abuse, with hurts, with anger, with being used… and they have been scarred by it.  And it’s just too easy to be cynical and hard about the Truth.  They simply don’t believe it.  Period.  It’s fine for you fertile Mertles, but it doesn’t reach me like that.  These… are nonnies.  ((See Luke 8:12 for verification)) It is given to them, they know it and have seen it, but it never really penetrates the surface.  And of course (as we covered in Judas & The Matrix) Satan has free reign over these people, just like agents have free rein over people in the Matrix.  He simply comes, takes it out, and they don’t have any idea what the deal ever could’ve been.  If they even noticed a big deal at all.

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was sowerrockyscorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  (vs. 5,6)  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.  (vs 16,17)   These people are your gung-ho christchuns.  They accept Christ and do it with joy… in fact all of the versions make a note that ‘salvation’ is well recieved.  But they have no foundation whatever.  No root system.  They are all surface – what’s fun, what’s loud, what’s the latest trend, what’s kewl… and they don’t know tit for tat.  Worse, they don’t want to know – because frankly, it’s really deep, and they’d rather just raise their beautiful green leaves to heaven in ‘worship’, dude.  And I’m not saying that worship and fun and loudness are wrong, but when you’re worshipping in Spirit, and have no root in Truth, you’re not gonna make it.  It’s work, it’s a ‘cross’, and it’s not a big party.  In fact, if you’re where you should be, you’re gonna have a *real* struggle.  Every single Gospel account states clearly that they are ‘offended’, that they fall away, according to Luke.  Not that they really got that close in the first place.  Not too hard to fell if you don’t have roots.  Pardon the example, but CGM fits this to a tee.  Oh, and ‘fall away’ doesn’t mean that Christ left them, but that they never really rooted to Christ in the first place.  Remember the verse in Matthew – Lord, Lord, we did these things in your Name, and He said, Depart I never knew you?  That’s these people.

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it sowerthornsyielded no fruit. (vs.7)  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the wordAnd the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.    (vs 18,19)   So the third group grows, are raised up in the Truth, but they are choked out in the end.  Luke (again with Luke!) says there are three ‘weeds’:  cares, riches, and pleasures.  Cares being worries, riches being materialism, and pleasures being distractions.  All of the above being a result of a ‘me’ view and not a ‘God’ view.  There is no fruit here… and where there is no fruit, there can be no faith.  It’s a two-sided coin – Faith without works is dead;  For by grace are we saved thru faith… not of works, lest any man should boast.  Yeah.  And the weeds are most effective, by the way.  Every Gospel account says that they are completely choked, and that there is no fruit.  Period.

sowergoodAnd other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. (vs 8)  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.(vs.20)  Now I want to note something here… yes, these are REAL Christ-followers.  They make Christ their Lord and Master and seek to bring Him glory and honor, to do His will… but not all good seed is the same, yeild-wise.  Some are just hesitant, some have internal issues… whatever the case, some yeild less than others.  Just like the truebies who have good hearts but not a lot of zeal, they might only yeild a portion of what they could.  And *ALL* things are possible.  Others yeild way more.  And yes, there are even seed that yeild a HUNDRED fold.  Ah, to be like that seed!  ((hey, it’s a goal))

Now… for my zinger.  Remember my little graph on the seven end times churches?  Out of the seven, only three churches make it to the end, and if you add the ‘nonnie’ catagorie, we end up with – in the last days –  four categories of hearts!!!  Shall we see how they match up to the Sower’s Seeds?  ((You know I would!))

SEED ON THE PATHNonnies – Hardened hearts, no penetration of the Truth, Satan has free reign to come and take away any hope they had of recieving the truth.

SEED ON THE ROCKLaodicea Tons of joy and exuberance, no concept of what the faith really is.  Their belief system is not rooted, therefore they follow trends, lack true spiritual maturing, and will be ‘spewed out’ by the Lord… they will not be saved, but ‘vomited’ out by Christ, according to Revelation.  This group has grown immense in the past ten years, known in many circles as ‘CGM’, but is not limited to that movement.

SEED IN THE WEEDThyatiraThey have the faith, they are rooted in the Word, but according to Revelation 18, they are in the weed ‘bed’ of Jezebel.  They have traded truth for what the world offers, and have gotten tied up in the things that are not of Heaven.  Rev 18 also says Jesus will ‘kill her children with death’ – this is reference to the second death – as opposed to eternal life.  They won’t be saved, either.

SEED IN GOOD SOILPhiledelphiaAmazingly, there is a people God has nothing bad to say about.  It’s Philedelphia.  Part of that is because Philedelphia is washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb – her sins are remembered no more.  And part of that is because she is sincerely doing the work of the Lord, is rooted in His law, and desires what He desires.  Good soil… although the seed started out no different than any of the other seed.  Interesting, to me, to see it this way.  Because that would make it not only a parable of that time, but of the time to come.  wOw!!!

aNNa’S NoTe:  I’m being led toward a new series called “Our Current Christendom”.  It will have three parts:  Too much God, Not enough God, and… darn if I didn’t forget the third one.  Oh, well… when I get there, I’ll remember.  ((grins sheepishly)).  Stay tuned!

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