Parable of the Sower II

Jesus tells a parable that helps explain all parables. You've heard it--but do you know it?

Matthew 13:3-8 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 deepness of 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.

I thought the answers were easy, since Jesus explains it, in Matthew 18.17-23. The seed is the word of God, and the ground it falls on are various types of people. Some are fruitful; most are not. What distinguishes good earth from the stony ground, or the wayside, or the thorny ground? What makes a person ready to receive the word of God?

A NEW HEART by evn54

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