Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9 [NLT] or [NKJV]
1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:1-9, New King James Version)
Observation:(As observation I am sharing a quote from the best bible commentary)
Christ's mission was not understood by the people of His time. The manner of His coming was not in accordance with their expectations. The Lord Jesus was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. Its imposing services were of divine appointment. They were designed to teach the people that at the time appointed One would come to whom those ceremonies pointed. But the Jews had exalted the forms and ceremonies and had lost sight of their object. The traditions, maxims, and enactments of men hid from them the lessons which God intended to convey.
These maxims and traditions became an obstacle to their understanding and practice of true religion. And when the Reality came, in the person of Christ, they did not recognize in Him the fulfillment of all their types, the substance of all their shadows. They rejected the antitype, and clung to their types and useless ceremonies. The Son of God had come, but they continued to ask for a sign. The message, "Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," they answered by demands for a miracle. Matt. 3:2. The gospel of Christ was a stumbling block to them because they demanded signs instead of a Saviour. They expected the Messiah to prove His claims by mighty deeds of conquest, to establish His empire on the ruins of earthly kingdoms. This expectation Christ answered in the parable of the sower. Not by force of arms, not by violent interpositions, was the kingdom of God to prevail, but by the implanting of a new principle in the hearts of men.E.G. White [COL]
Application: (How do I apply this to my life?)
How often do we, as Christians, misinterpret the true intentions of Christ? How often do we insert our own presuppositions, our own desires of what a God should be, instead of learning about Him from Him? Jesus came to give the Good News to everyone, as this parable clearly shows, and He did it gently as a farmer spreading seed - hoping that much seed would take root and produce much grain. What type of soil am I? I need to keep tilling the ground so that the seed can take root and flourish...
Prayer:(Let Him know what is in your heart)
Things are crazy in this world right now. We are getting close to two things. Your coming to take us home with You, and the end of this sin infested world. I ask for just two things...
1. Help me to never let You go, no matter what is happening.
2. Help me to share You in an affective way.
I ask this in the glorious name of Jesus, Amen.