The Parable of the Sower
Matt 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Introduction: What is a parable?
A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, or an earthly story used to illustrate a spiritual truth
Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?
Mt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Ps 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Ps 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
- The Sower is Jesus
- He soweth the Word
- The seed is sowed in various places - good and bad
- The harvest will come
We must sow the Word of God
- It is the water of God for the lost soul
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
- It is the bread of life
John 6:48 I am that bread of life.
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
- We are to sow the word every where every place in every situation
- Jesus preached from a boat
- Jesus preached from a hillside
- Jesus preached in homes
- Jesus preached from the cross
- Jesus preached from the tombs of the earth in Hell
- Jesus preached in one on one situation and Jesus preached to great crowd
III. We are to leave the results to God
- a. By the wayside (Birds ate it)
- Some on stony soil (no depth)
- Some fell among thorns (choked the life out of word)
- But some fell on good soil (Praise God and produced an hundred fold, sixty fold, and thirty fold
Conclusion: Pray for laborers
Lu 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.