The Sower


"The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.  And great multitudes were gathered together unto  him,  so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude  stood on  the  shore. And he spake many things unto them  in  parables,
saying,  Behold,  a sower went forth to sow; And when  he  sowed, some  [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  

"Some fell  upon  stony places, where they  had  not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepnessof earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns;  and the thorns sprung up, and choked them : But other fell into good  ground,  and brought  forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some  sixtyfold,  some thirtyfold.

"Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the  disciples  came,  and said unto him, Why speakest thou  unto  them  in parables?  He  answered and said unto them, Because it  is  given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

"Therefore speak I to them in parables; because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hear, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew 13:1-15)

Not only was Jesus referring to the wise and prudent who thought they knew the truth and didn't but also to those who had already rejected Him and did not have divinely enlightened minds with which to perceive these spiritual truths. No amount of explanation would make them understand. (see 1 Corinthians 1:27; 2:14 [cf.Romans 7:13]). "They could watch and hear Jesus with their physical eyes and ears, but they were not capable of understanding the truth in their heart because they had rejected Him (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4).

Verse twelve simply explains the principle that those who accept the true light they have been given will receive even more light, while those who turn away from the light will continue to be increasingly shrouded in darkness. The word "for" at the beginning of verse fifteen should be understood as having the same meaning as "because."

In other words, the people do not hear and see because their hearts are full of wickedness; consequently, they fail to understand the truth that has been given them. They are so opposed to God's message that they harden themselves against it lest they should happen to understand it and ask forgiveness of God.Once they reject Jesus, they also reject the possibility of understanding the parables that Jesus told. (Isaiah 55:6-8)

People who believe false doctrines also fall into this category which is in itself a rejection of the Word of God, Christ Jesus whose name is The Word of God (Revelation 19:13) This is the very reason why it is extremely difficult to witness to people caught up in cults. Their hearts are hardened because they live in lies. God discerns our hearts and is the only hope. "..the Word of God which is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrew 4:12)

An example that the power is in the Word: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever." (1 Peter 1:23) And God offered mercy in Isaiah: "So shall my word be that goeth 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)

Other references to these verses are {And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand. (Matthew 3:2)}, {not given to the crowd but disciples only}  but  to them it is not given  Matt  11:25;16:17;19:11; John 6:65;  1cor 2:10,14; Col 1:27; 1John 2:20,27 {At that time  Jesus answered  and  said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of  heaven  and
earth,  because  thou  hast hidden these things from  the  wise  and prudent,  and hast revealed them unto babes. (Matthew 11:25)  

"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon  Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father  which  is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17) But  he  said  unto them,  All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to  whom it  is given. (Matthew 19:11) And he said, Therefore said I  unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto  him of my Father

"For there are some eunuchs, which were so born  from [their]   mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs,  which  were made  eunuchs of men Acts 8:27-39 {Was returning, and sitting  in his  chariot  read Esaias the prophet.Then the Spirit  said  unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither  to  [him], and heard him read the  prophet  Esaias,  and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

"And he said, How  can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture  which he  read  was this, He was led as a sheep to the  slaughter;  and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his  mouth: In  his  humiliation his judgment was taken away: and  who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

"And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom  speaketh  the  prophet this? of himself, or of some other  man?  Then Philip  opened  his mouth, and began at the same  scripture,  and preached  unto him Jesus. And as they went on [their]  way,  they
came  unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See,  [here  is] water;  what doth hinder me to be baptized?

"And Philip said,  If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and  said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And  he commanded  the  chariot to stand still: and they went  down  both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And  when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit  of  the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and  he went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:27-39)}:  and  there be eunuchs {castrated man}, which have  made  themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake.

"He that is  able to  receive [it], let him receive [it]. Then were  there  brought unto him little children, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said,  Suffer little  children,  and forbid them not, to come unto me:  for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:12-14)

(John 6:65,66) "But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his  Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea,  the  deep things  of God. {NIV no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled  him}. From that [time] many of his disciples went  back, and walked no more with him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. [In the beginning  was the  Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was  God.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by  him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him  was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)]

"Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are  dead. This  is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man  may eat  thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came  down from  heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he  shall  live  for
ever:  and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which  I  will give  for the life of the world.

"The Jews therefore strove  among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to  eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye  have no  life  in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh  my  blood, hath  eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my  flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  

"He  that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I  in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by  the  Father:  so  he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This  is that  bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers  did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall  live for ever. (John 6:47-58)

(1  Corinthians 2:10) "But the natural man receiveth not  the things  of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto  him: neither  can  he know [them], because they are  spiritually discerned.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the  world,  but the  spirit which is of God; that we might know the  things  that are freely given to us of God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

"For  ye  have not received the spirit of  bondage  again  to fear;  but  ye have received the Spirit of adoption,  whereby  we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15) Where  [is]  the wise? where [is] the scribe?  where  [is]  the disputer  of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom  of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)

(1 Corinthians 2:14) "To whom God would make known what  [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is  Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Colossians 1:27)  But  ye have  an  unction from the Holy One, and ye know all  things.  (1 John  2:20)

"But  the anointing which ye have  received  of  him abideth  in you, and ye need not that any man teach you:  but  as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth,  and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.(1 John 2:27) For  we are labourers together with God: ye are  God's  husbandry, [ye are] God's building. (1 Corinthians 3:9)

"To  appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto  them beauty  for  ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the  garment  of praise  for  the spirit of heaviness; that they might  be called trees  of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he  might be  glorified.  And they shall build the old wastes,  they  shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the  waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

"And strangers  shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien [shall  be] your  plowmen  and your vinedressers. But ye shall be  named  the Priests  of the LORD: [men] shall call you the Ministers  of  our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their  glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame [ye shall have] double; and  [for] confusion they shall rejoice in their portion:  therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

"For I the LORD love judgment, I hate  robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and  I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be  known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that  they  [are] the seed [which] the LORD hath blessed.

"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath  clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me  with  the robe of  righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh  [himself]  with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels. For as  the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden  causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord  GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth  before  all the nations. (Isaiah 61:3-11)

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; In whom all  the  building  fitly framed together groweth  unto  an holy temple  in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for  an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22) Ye  also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,  acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)

"Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is  called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were  without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth  of  Israel,  and  strangers from the covenants of  promise,  having  no hope,  and without God in the world: But now in Christ  Jesus  ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of  Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)

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