The Parable of the Sower
I heard a story of a preacher who told another preacher, ?I went into the pulpit, and preached just what came into my mind, and thought nothing of it.? Yes, said the other preacher, and your people thought nothing of it also. One may argue that people are not saved by the wisdom of man. That may be true; but neither are they saved through the ignorance of men. The Bible teaches us to, ?study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2-Timothy 2:15 KJV).
In those days the people of Israel was well familiar with farming, so he (Jesus) took that story to illustrate to them how to teach and preach the gospel. In order to sow, the sower knows that he or she must go to the stow house to get seed; without seed they may go forth and open their hand but nothing will fall out, because their hand is empty. The same is true with preachers and teachers, unless they study God?s Word and base the Word in prayer, they will not be successful in their calling. Some preachers and teachers are lazy, they take the short cut, and they are not willing to put in long hours of study.
This parable is the story of a sower seems to be a story about a farmer. There is not much written about the identity of this person; there is no information regarding his gender, his race, his educational level, nor his financial status, all we know is that person was not lazy he or she was willing to work. The original sower I believe was none other than our Lord Jesus and the seed represents the Word of God. Jesus taught the people in parables, He took a known thing to teach them about the unknown.
Behold a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seed fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they did not have much earth: and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop; some a hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear; let him hear (Matthew 13:3b-9 NKJV).
Behold a sower went out to sow: and some seed fell by the way side, some fell in stony places, some fell among thorns, and other fell on good ground. Again, the sower is God?s messenger who teachers or preachers God?s Word; the seed is the word of God; and the ground is people:
Some seed fell by the way side and the fowls came and ate the seed. The way side is described as hard packed soil where it is difficult for the seed to penetrate. Because the ground did not receive the seed it was left in the open for the birds to find and devour. Wayside people are those who hear the Word but does not understand or receive it; then the devil comes and snatches it away before they can become converted.
Some seed fell upon stony places: because of the stones there were little dirt for plant roots to grow; and when the sun came up and scorch them they withered and died. This is the person that hears the good news of the gospel, understands and receives it; but when persecution comes and he or she must take a stand for Christ, they back away.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked the plant; and it became unfruitful. This ground represents the person who understands and receives the Word; and endure hardship and persecution for a while, but by and by they become caught up in the riches of the world and began to live a worldly life.
Other seed fell on good ground, sprang up and brought some thirty, some sixty and some one-hundred fold crop. This ground represents the person who has repented of their sin, and turned to God. They are rooted and grounded in the faith; therefore, whatever comes their way they are able to handle, because they rely on the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead and guide them.
If you are a handler of God?s Word, whether it be as a preacher, evangelist, teacher, or a witness for the Lord, you are a sower. Remember a sower cannot sow unless he or she has seed, ?The Word of God?. You will encounter all different types of people, it is not the sowers job to judge, his or her job is to sow. If we are obedient to the great commission souls will be saved.