The Sower, the Seed and Four Soils

Matthew 13:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But 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 sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
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Who is the Sower? What is the seed? Four Soils?

  • Isaiah 55:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways,
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.
    10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
    And do not return there, But water the earth,
    And make it bring forth and bud,
    That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
    It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please,
    And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  • The Sower – Jesus “sowing” – “drawing”
  • The Seed – God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God
  • The Soils – heart conditions, responses to God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God

=>How carefully are you considering, attending to Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God?

The Four Soils Explained

  • Matthew 13:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Parable of the Sower Explained
    18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 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 seed by the wayside. 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. 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. 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, some thirty.”
  • Soil by the wayside
    =>no understanding = takes no time to consider message for themselves
    =>Just follows the crowd – Broad is the way – well worn = no soil –Mt 7:13-14
  • Soil on stony places 
    => no root so stumbles/is offended
    Colossians 2:6-7 NLT … And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him{walk in Him}. 7 Let your roots grow down into Him{be firmly rooted} and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
  • Soil among the thorns
    =>choked and becomes unfruitful
    * Jesus “natural family” thought He was out of His mind –Mk 3:21
    =>They did not yet believe in Him as the Messiah
    and were actually hindering His work –Jn 7:4-6;Acts 1:14
    * This rejection by His own family was predicted –Ps 69:8;Mic 7:6;Mt 10:34-39
    =>made me wonder which “soil” his natural family was — maybe the one choked out by thorns – the Pharisees/worlds strong opposition?!
    Matthew 7:15-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 “Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
    Hebrews 5:11-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.
  • Soil on good ground
    =>hears, understands and heeds bears much fruit
    Luke 8:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
    Acts 17:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

=> Are you just following the crowd and relying on their understanding of Jesus’ message? How much time and effort do you take to personally consider His message?
=> How “firmly rooted” in God’s word are you? How much time and effort are you taking to be nourished and grow in His word?
=> Can you recognize and stand up to the “thorns” – false prophets/teachers? How “mature” are you?
=> How tightly are you holding to God’s word/ your faith under trials?  How steadfast is your patience/faith to bear fruit?


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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:3
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower[4687] went out to sow[4687].
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From NetBible Mk 4:14
The sower[4687] sows[4687] the word.

  • sower[4687] = sows, scatters seed
    *from greek [4685] = to draw

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From NetBible Mt 13:9

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From NetBible Mt 13:19

  • understand[4920] = consider, understand, be wise.
  • wayside[3598] = a travelled way, road

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From NetBible Pro 12:3
NLT … Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots

  • * “a root of righteousness” = stresses the security of the righteous; they are firmly planted and cannot be uprooted – they have deep roots”. The righteous are often compared to a tree –Pro 11:30;Ps 1:3, 92:13

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From NetBible Mt 13:21

  • stumbles[4624] = to fall away, entice to sin, apostasy, metaph. to offend
    And blessed is he who is not offended[4624because of Me. –Mt 11:6

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From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

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3 Responses to “The Sower, the Seed and Four Soils”

  1. Trail of Seeds | Touching the King! Says:

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  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Matthew 13:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    22 And the one on whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the worries and distractions of the world and the deceitfulness [the superficial pleasures and delight] of riches choke the word, and it yields no fruit.
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    Mark 4:18-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
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    Luke 8:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, but as they go on their way they are suffocated with the anxieties and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity.
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    THORNS:
    1. Worries and distractions/cares of the world
    2. Deceitfulness and pleasures of riches
    3. Pleasures of life
    4. Passionate desires for other things
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  3. khollandsblog Says:

    Related:
    Noble Heart?
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    Who has a noble heart?
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    Acts 17:11 AMP … Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
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    Luke 8:18 AMP … So be careful how you listen; for whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a longing for truth], even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”
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