The parable of the sower as told in Matthew, Mark and Luke. The over-all story and concept is relatively simple and obvious. The sower sows or casts out seed, which is the word of God. The seed falls on various types of earthen conditions (man) and faces various conditions and situations (Life and the devil) which effect the growth of the seed. Matthew and Mark tell of when the seed (word of God) falls on good ground it becomes very productive.
“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” Matthew 13:8
“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.” Mark 4:20
Luke tells the story differently. He gives depth and context to it. Whereas Matthew and Mark accentuate the reward, Luke focuses more on the character and trait of the man.
“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.” Luke 8:15
Attributes of God
Notice how Luke describes the “good ground” or the Christian. It is one who is “honest” and of a “good heart”. One of the basic tenets and attributes of God is honesty because it is impossible for Him to lie.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”. Titus 1:2
Having a “good heart” expands well beyond just being a good person. The heart in the Bible, as in this case is usually a reference to the spirit. The heart is the center of physical and spiritual being. It is the “fountain and seat of thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes and endeavors,” according to Thayer’s Lexicon. If these attributes be of God then, it is good ground, most fertile for the seed of God to flourish in. God’s word in a Godly person multiplies.
Luke brings up another Godly trait that Matthew and Luke do not-Patience. Patience is a by-product of love and faith. The Godly person will have full confidence in the word of God that falls not on him but in him. Knowing that God’s word is within is all that that is required of a man of God for he knows the tree is already fruited regardless of where it may be in the germination process. A man of God has patience because he knows that God and His word is the truth and will accomplish exactly what it is intended to do.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Time does not diminish faith for a patient man it strengthens it. A patient man knows that time is meant to cultivate fallow ground. The man of God also understands that the love and faith he has for God that produces Godly patience is the “good ground” for the seed of God to grow in.
The word of God has little or no effect on the ground, it has to go in the ground. The ground has to be fertile and receptive to the word planted. And the word must be believed in full confidence and faith that all though it is just a little seed now, it will grow and bear fruit forever.
“In your patience possess ye your souls.” Luke 21:19
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