Beacon Hill Church
THE PARABLES
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  • Beacon Hill Church - Main Campus (English)
    1990 Norco Dr, Norco, CA 92860, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
  • Beacon Hill: Jurupa Valley Campus (English)
    6827 36th St, Riverside, CA 92509, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
  • Beacon Hill East Campus (Spanish/Swahili)
    3659 Corona Ave, Norco, CA 92860, USA
    Sunday 9:05 AM
What is the meaning of this parable?


That’s what the disciples wanted to know: They asked Jesus in verse 10: “why do you speak to the people in parables?” (NIV)
In this parable there are two main points:

(1) The receptivity of the soil

(2) The perseverance of the sower

FIRST POINT: THE RECEPTIVITY OF THE SOIL

Matthew 13:18-23

THE SEED SOWN ALONG THE PATH:
The seed on the path became easy food for the birds and is thus prevented from taking root and producing fruit.


The path represents the hardened hearts of individual’s who don’t receive the word, so it is easy for Satan to snatch the word away

THE SEED SOWN ON ROCKY PLACES
The seed sprouts quickly, but because it is in such shallow soil and cannot put down deep roots.

The rocky soil represents believers with no depth

THE SEED THAT FELL AMONG THORNS
The thorn bushes represent the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth or desire for more that choke out the Gospel message, producing no fruit


THE SEED THAT FELL ON GOOD SOIL
The “good soil” represents the person who hears the word and understands it. UNDERSTANDING IMPLIES RECEPTIVITY
Understanding must result in a response of proper conduct

· The good soil is that not only that which receives the seed of the word

· But that which also nurtures that seed in spiritual formation

· And bears much fruit (fruit is attitudes and behavior)


The understanding referred to here in scripture is not cognitive or empirical knowledge it is an understanding that is acquired by faith
SECOND POINT: THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SOWER
The scattering of the seed is intentional, not haphazard

· In 1st century, unlike modern agriculture - one would scatter the seeds first, then plow them into the soil. First came the sowing - then came the plowing
It is not until one plows the soil - that the true nature of the soil is revealed: Hard, rocky, thorny or receptive

THIRD POINT: SOW EVERYWHERE
Christ set the pattern by his parable regarding the sower
· We must sow everywhere in everyone in our field
· No matter how rocky or hard
· We never know when or where we will find a pocket of good soil

We are not suppose to focus on the unfruitful places and people, but rejoice in the plentiful harvest planted in the hearts of those who are pliable and receptive to the word