Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. – Matthew 13:3-9
I love how Jesus told stories to people in those ancient times. I can imagine the wonder and bewilderment in their faces as they did not understand the things he was saying. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him why he always spoke in parables when talking to the people, He said,
You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables,For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. – Matthew 13:11-13
Being a Christian and a follower of Christ, I believe that by the Holy Spirit’s anointing to us, we can comprehend the language that Jesus used in His parables. These stories reflect the beauty and power of the Words of God, therefore, we can have the understanding of the deepest and most mysterious teachings of Jesus.
The pharisees were not ready to hear the purging truth in the words that Jesus was speaking since “anyone who isn’t with Him opposes Him, and anyone who isn’t working with Him is actually working against Him.” (Matthew 12:30). No matter what Jesus told them, they would fight against it as if those were the most abominable things they have ever heard. Because of their hardened hearts and closed ears, they were not able to endure the truthfulness and power of Jesus’ words. And so, Jesus would speak parabolic stories, instead.
But because we have been born again and have come to understand God’s saving power and love for all of us, we delight in His words and wisdom. The words He spoke thousands of years ago that were perplexing and deafening in the ears of the ancient unbelievers are the the very same words that we adore and rejoice in today, just as His disciples and followers did in those days. When Jesus discussed about the seeds being thrown and planted in different types of soil, He was talking about the people who are able to hear His Good News but have different ways of responding to it.
The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted! – Matthew 13:19-23
Which seed are you?