01.17.2017 – New Testament: Matt 13.18–23
To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 13.1–32 on January 17, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
Earlier Jesus had given the Parable of the Sower, but without an interpretation or application. Later, He explained the meaning to His disciples,
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13.18–23).
The seed is the word of God sown in the soil of human hearts. Not every person is the same. Therefore, everyone reacts to the word of God differently. Some never take it in, others do not take it in deeply, some take in other things also, choking the word, and finally others hear the word and can see what God wants them to do, and they do it and their lives show it.
- How have you reacted to the word of God?
- How has the word of God changed your life?