The Parable of the Soils (Part 2)

What is the foundation of your heart like?

In the beginning of this series, I talked about how Jesus was referencing the “house” as us; the people and Christians who are called to be the “temples” of the Holy Spirit and how if we don’t have Christ as our foundation then we will be like the “FOOLISH” builder who built his house on the sand and was swept away by the rain, floods, and storms.

Today, I will be expanding on the topic of foundation with the Parable of the Soils in Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23 where the four soils represent us as human beings and the mindsets of our hearts.

If you haven’t read Part 1 of the Parable Series, you can click on the link to read The Parable Series – The Parable of the Two Builders (Part 1).

Throughout the Parable of the Soils, Jesus explains how each individual ground that the seeds lands on is a parallel to the foundation of our hearts. The seeds that the sower were using, in my opinion, represent the Word of God. So what does that mean? In Matthew 13 18-23, Jesus explains what each of the soils represents and as people and Christians and this should show us what the true nature of our hearts are like. There have been times where my heart (the soil) has been like the stony ground where I received God’s Word for a time but the Sun can and scorched the root of God’s Word. Allow me to explain.

In Matthew 13:19, Jesus said, “19. 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 the seed on the wayside.” I feel that this not only represents the people that do not understand God’s Word, but sometimes even Christians who think that they understand what the Bible is saying but in reality; they are misinterpreting the Bible.

In Matthew 13:20-21, Jesus talks about the seed that fell on the stony ground. “20. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21. 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.” Like I said before, I feel that this is where my heart is sometimes  because I immediately grasp the Word with Joy, but when situation and circumstances in life arise; I stumble.

Josh Monen, an entrepreneur and writer said, “… the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are the reasons why the thorny ground person does not bear fruit.”

In Matthew 13:22, Jesus speaks on the seed that fell in the thorns. To me, this is where people have trouble because of the world’s flawed mindset on personal glory and riches. “22. 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.

I think that this is the soil that a lot of people; including Christians that there heart represents. Now, in my opinion; I feel that because of the world’s belief in material possession and wealth that we get so caught up in what the world think about us and how much money we are making that we don’t even stop and realize that God’s Word can’t take root in our lives due to us caring more about the world then God’s Word.

Finally, in Matthew 13:23, Jesus talks about the seed that fell on good soil. “23. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” This final soil is the one that all people; Christian or not should strive to become. If we learn to become the good ground where God’s Word takes root in our lives then we can then use God’s Word as a tool to empower and inspire others to follow after Christ.

In the end, though, throughout the analysis of the Four Soils, I have come to realize that despite being the seed among the thorns, the seed on stony ground, and the seed on the wayside; we can all strive to become the seed that falls on the good ground. No matter what we may be going through in life; or if we care more about what the world and its definition of riches; we, as people and Christians should be the good soil; the place where God’s Word can take root in our lives and be a blessing on others.

So, what do you think? What is the Foundation of your heart like? Is it like the seed that fell on the wayside? Is it like the seed that feel on the stony ground? Is your heart like the seed that fell among the thorns? Or, is your heart like the seed that fell on good ground? Please comment below and join the discussion.

If you do not have the PDF Bible Study notes from the last blog post, you can click on this link that will lead you to the Bible Study Notes.

PDF File: The Parable of the Soils

God’s Blessings,

Joshua Reid

 

References

Monen, Josh. “Cultivating our Ground, Part 3” Beyond Cliches,  20 Dec 2010, http://beyondcliches.com/2010/12/cultivating-our-ground-part-iii . Accessed 1 Sept 2017.

 

Picture References

Alan. “Four Soils: Four Hearts” http://theosebes.blogspot.com/2010/06/preaching-this-morning.html . Accessed 1 Sept 2017.

Author Unknown. “ON STONY GROUND”, http://fortruth.tumblr.com/post/12244009021/on-stony-ground . Accessed 1 Sept 2017.

Monen. Josh. “Cultivating our Ground, Part 3“, http://beyondcliches.com/2010/12/cultivating-our-ground-part-iii . Accessed 1 Sept 2017.

Smith, ML. “Parable of the Sower” http://wimpsforchrist.com/2012/02/05/parable-of-the-sower/ . Accessed 1 Sept 2017.

 

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11 thoughts on “The Parable of the Soils (Part 2)

  1. I think this is a great post to build upon!! I agree! We can all become part of good soil. In the same way, we may have fallen on good soil, but we could also allow our heart to fall away. It’s important that we keep our relationship with Christ nourished. Well done 🙂

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    • Thank you for the comment T.R. Noble.

      I agree with you, that we can all become good soil and that even though our heart may be choked by the thorns or om stony ground; we can all rest assured that keeping our relationship on Jesus will continue to grow.

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  2. I agree. I feel a huge part of christians fall under this parable.
    In Matthew 13:20-21, Jesus talks about the seed that fell on the stony ground. “20. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21. 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.”

    This is seen in church services. I have always wondered why despite how zealous and excited people are during church services, their lives are not transformed for God. Throughout my journey, my heart has been like the 4 soils at different seasons. One of the reasons i feel i wasn’t bearing fruits at the time was that i wasn’t willing to be patient to abide in God. I did a post on this https://graceoverpain.com/2017/08/10/abide-in-god/

    Pride can make our hearts hardened. I once went to church service with my husband after having an argument because i felt he made me late to church. As the word of God was being preached, i was saying to myself “i hope this man is listening because he needs to change”. You see pride entered me at that time. I was exhibiting the attributes of the Pharisees in the bible. Pride hardened my heart and i allowed the devil to steal that word from me. I was happy with the service because i felt God has finally spoken to my husband. However God later revealed to me that i was actually the problem.

    We need to receive the word of God with simplicity of heart. Humility softens the soil (heart) as it ensures nothing blocks the word of God from penetrating.

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    • I love your comment Efua. Sometimes, even though Christians go to church, the devil can still find a way to make that experience benefit him; However, if we allow God’s Word to be the soil on which we are planted then we can grow and mature and become the people He has called us to be.

      I liked your end quote, “Humility softens the soil (heart) as it ensures nothing blocks the word of God from penetrating” and I hope you wouldn’t mind if I use this quote in an upcoming post that talks about Humility.

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  3. I love how you analyzed the parable in clear and relatable terms. As Christians we must strive to keep our heart and mind stayed on God so that the cares and situations of this world will not rob us of our place in God. Friendship with the world and worldly things is enemity with God.

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    • Thank you so much Dynaxty for the kind words. I like what you said, “As Christians, we must strive to keep our heart and mind stayed on God so that the cares and situations of this world will not rob us of our place in God.” and you are right. As Christians, we have to keep our hearts and minds on God.

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