Different Ways Of Hearing


Some thoughts on the meaning of ‘The Parable of the Sower’ – Matthew 13:18-23

v19 – By the wayside:

  • When anyone hears the Word and does not understand – the wicked one comes and snatches it.
  • The Word snatched before even germinating.
  • Wayside – Living life on the road most traveled. Man’s way of living. Man’s way of understanding. Human logic.

v20 – On stony places:

  • When anyone hears the Word with joy, yet has no root, and persecution arises because of the Word – he stumbles.
  • The Word germinates, but stops growing and withers as the roots can’t go deep.
  • Stony places = stones representing challenges, persecution, hardships – all coming against the Word that you heard. Your experiences speaking louder than the Word to you.

v22 – Among the thorns:

  • When anyone hears the Word, but the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches choke the Word – he is unfruitful.
  • The Word germinates, has roots, but the thorns grow faster, hinder growth, and choke the Word.
  • Thorns = represents the sting and scratches you get from seeking the worlds kind of happiness, believing that riches make you happy. Being a public success, but living a life of hurt, stings and scratches. Quarrels and strife.

v23 – On the good ground:

  • When anyone hears the Word and understands it – he bears fruit,  some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
  • The Word germinates, gets deep roots, grows freely and produces fruit.
  • Good ground = soft, humble (the ground plowed and worked) a heart of revelation. Your way is the only way, Lord. I know i cannot do it on my own. I need you.

Understand = syniemi = to set or join together in the mind