Monday, 22 September 2014

Gospel: Luke 8:4-15: The part in the rich soil is people who take the word to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
I Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37.42-49: The things that is sown is perishable but what is raised is imperishable.
Jesus Teaches the Sure Fate of the Word: How People Receive the Word, 8:14-15
Jesus wanted people to know that hearing the Word of God was not enough but need to bear fruits. Those who hear the Word of God and obey accordingly definitely they will bear fruit. It is great encouragement to the preacher and teacher and to the lay witnesses. The seed they sow shall bear fruit (Mt 13:1-9; Mk 4:1-20).
1. Crowds thronged Jesus came from every town (v.4)
2. The parable: A farmer sowed seed (v.5-8)
a. some fell by the path
          1) were trampled
          2) were devoured
b. some fell upon rock
          1) were withered and scorched
          2) had no moisture or depth
c. some fell among thorns: were choked
d. some fell on good ground: were fruitful
3. The reason why Jesus spoke in parables (9-10)
a. to reveal the truth to open hearts
b. to conceal the truth from closed minds
4. The interpretation (v.11-15)
a. the seed is the Word of God
b. some are by the path
          1) they do hear
          2) the devil snatches the word away
c. some are on rock
          1) they do hear
          2) they are choked with materialism and pleasure
e. some are on rich soil
          1) the keep the word
          2) they have honest and good hearts
          3) they bear fruit
Thought: The success of the seed depends upon one thing alone; the condition of the soil (heart) to receive the seed (Word). If the ground (heart) is soft and rich (good qualities) then will bear much fruit.

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