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