Jesus spoke often of spiritual principles that operated in the kingdom of God on earth in parables. These were stories told for those who had a heart for God and could understand these principles, but those who were blinded to these truths could not. The parable of the seed sown will show us how the truth of God’s word is like a seed that goes out but falls into many different types of soil. It is the condition of the heart soil thatwill determine the end, whether it be it failure or growth of the seed sown.
Matthew 13: 3- 9 Then He spoke man things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But 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 sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” NKJ
Jesus explained the different conditions of the heart so that we could understand how these kingdom principles operate in our lives. God’s truth is ever speaking through His creation, be it in the heavens, the sun or the stars; His splendor is revealed in nature in the mountains, the trees and the animals and His wonders are displayed in the oceans and seas and all that it is in them.
There are many who look upon God’s marvelous creation and will still say there is no God and it was all done by accident. They are refusing to acknowledge the truth that is shown in all His creation.
Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
God reveals His truth to everyone and all are without excuse because His truth speaks and is revealed everyday through His creation. God reveals His truth line upon line, precept upon precept. If one rejects the first line of truth, they are unable to receive the next precept or teaching upon which this truthshould be built. People refuse to acknowledge His glorious creation because they want to go their own way and do the things that are against God and nature therefore, they refuse God’s word. Some profess themselves to be wise and even godly but their hearts are darkened with their own vain imagination and their eyes blinded by Satan.
Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” NKJ
Jesus spoke of three types of conditions of the heart that will hinder a person from receiving God’s word. These conditionswill obstruct their growth and their potential to live a productive and fruitful life in the kingdom of heaven. The first was the seed that fell on the wayside or the hardened soil where the seed could not penetrate or get into the heart soil, so the enemy comes and steals that seed-word of truth from them.
The second condition is the stony heart soil. They are the people who get excited when they first hear the gospel and get busy with all the busy work of doing things and serving. But they fail to take time to study God’s word and they are not rooted and grounded in the understanding God’s truth and principles. Therefore, when the tribulation and hard times comes and they are persecuted because of the word of God, they get depressed, disheartened and offended, thinking God has failed them. Their lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s spiritual principle that every truth and faith stance will be tested is missing and they are often offended.
The third condition is the thorny heart soil. They hear the word of God and receive it but the weeds of the demands of everyday living, and the cares of getting ahead and getting more begins to overgrow and overtake the true word that was received. Like any garden, though good seed was sown, but if left untendedthe weeds will outgrow and the choke the good seed and it becomes unproductive and unfruitful.
Matthew 13 18-22
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Some people will accuse God of being unjust because of the many who do not have access to the word, but God reveals Himself in all creation. God’s truth is revealed and is visible in every corner of the world, but the first line of truth must be received before the next line is given and understood. Before new truth is given the first truth must be received, believed and accepted. It is the condition of one’s heart that will determine whether they receive it and their will and their choice willdetermine their destiny.
Romans 1: 20-21 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. NKJ