This parable teaches that there would be four different responses to the gospel: (1) No response to the seed that fell by the wayside. (2) Emotional response to the seed that fell in stony places. (3) Worldly response to the seed that fell among thorns; (4) A fruitful response to the seed that fell on good ground (Mat. 13:18-23).
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.
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).
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.............To Continue Click on Link
A Parable Concerning Excuses. (Luke 14:16-24 NIV)
Jesus said: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
"The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' "'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.' "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"
Two different Invitations: The first invitation went out to an elite group of people namely the Jews. They rejected Jesus as Savior and Lord, and then a second invitation went out to all people of the world. The invitations spoken of were not just to a feast but a royal feast. The invitation is to the marriage supper of the Lamb? Jesus Christ? which will take place at Jesus? second coming. All invitations are secured through salvation, purchased by Jesus through the shedding of his blood; through salvation, we have eternal life with him in heaven. Unfortunately, this same invitation is the subject of excuses even today. Just like in the scriptures, self-interest and the pleasures of this world has kept many from coming to Christ...........To Continue Click on Link