Parable of the Sower

Jesus told the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:3-8 and then thoughtfully explained its meaning in Mark 4:14-20. At first read, it seems depressing that so many turn away from the word. But look again!  The ones that hear and accept the word produce a bumper crop!

The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”(NIV)

Prayer – Lord, help us be the ones who believe and produce that bumper crop for Jesus. Amen

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