Luke 8 Lesson

The Parable Of The Sower

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

This parable lets us know that there are going to be times in our lives where we try to share the Gospel and the person that we are sharing it with rejects the message.  That type of rejection can be discouraging.   As we study the Bible, we will come to the realization that rejection is part of the process.   Jesus faced rejection His entire life!

Not every person that heard Him or saw Him became a follower of His.   The greatest example of this is Judas.   Not only did Judas reject Jesus, but he also betrayed Him for money, and turned Him over to be crucified!  Whatever rejection that we may face in our efforts to share the Gospel, it will be nothing compared to the rejection that Jesus suffered on our behalf.

  • “When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: “The sower went out for to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled underfoot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.  Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.  Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no fruit to maturity.  But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” – Luke 8:4-15.

THREE EXAMPLES OF PLANTED SEEDS NOT YIELDING FRUIT

  1. “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.” – Luke 8:12.   
  2. “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.” – Luke 8:13.   
  3. “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no fruit to maturity.” – Luke 8:14

It is important to recognize that Jesus did not allow rejection to deter Him from fulfilling God’s plan.  There is an old saying, “Do not let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you can.”  We cannot stop planting seeds just because some of the seeds that we plant do not produce fruit. We cannot allow rejection to cause us to give up!

AN EXAMPLE OF SEEDS THAT DO YIELD FRUIT

  • “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” –  Luke 8:15.

Notice how Jesus says that the seeds in the good soil are the ones who have, “Heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”

There are two points that we will make relative to the above verse:

  1. For them to produce fruit, they needed to have first, “Heard the Word.”   This means that somebody had to first take the time to teach them.   We never know what God will do with the seeds that we plant.  
  2. Jesus talks about the importance of perseverance.  As we work to share the Gospel, Satan will try to stop us by putting obstacles in our path. If our efforts to share the Gospel are going to be successful, we must persevere through whatever obstacles Satan puts in front of us.    

OTHERS WILL NURTURE THE SEEDS THAT WE PLANT

The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his first letter to the Corinthians:

As Jesus was telling the Parable of the Sower, He did not shy away from the rejection that all who attempt to share the Gospel will face.   Rejection is a part of the process.   He also made sure to point out that some of our efforts will be successful, and souls will be saved!  As we plant seeds, it may look for a while like we have been unsuccessful in our efforts to share the Gospel.

However, we do not know what will happen with those individuals that we share the Gospel with once they are out of our site.  Others will be working to nurture those seeds, and God will be working behind the scenes to create spiritual growth in those individuals.  Our job is to plant the seeds and to not grow weary in doing good! (Galatians 6:9)

CONCLUSION  

The Parable of the Sower teaches us that spreading the Gospel is a team effort!  The seeds that we plant will be nurtured by others down the road.  Some will take root, and others will not.  Ultimately, it is God that will provide the increase.

As we work to share the Gospel, we must do our part and not become discouraged!  We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture, commonly referred to as, “The Great Commission.”

  • “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –  Mathew 28:19-20.

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Dan Wheeler

What a wonderful reminder that Jesus did not let rejection deter Him from God's plan.

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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John
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It always amazes me how the Spirit works in us as we study the Bible. I have read the Parable of the Sower many times, this time through the Spirit really moved me to think about Jesus, and how He was rejected while trying to spread the Gospel.

Today's lesson helped me to keep in perspective the minor suffering that I go through compared to what Jesus went through, and gave me a boost to keep on keeping on.

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Michael
John

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”

I want to be "good soil", receptive to God's Word and willing to put it into action. To act on my faith. This scripture points out the necessity of an honest and good heart. I pray for the Spirit to work in me, to help me avoid temptations, and to keep and honest and good heart.

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Pat

During this pandemic we are somewhat isolated and it is harder to share the word of God, But as our lives have taken on a slower pace we can take more time to nurture our seed by reading scripture and sharing out thoughts in this kind of format. Time can be taken to contemplate more deeply who God is and dig down deeper to our roots and see what God wants from us as we grow. One way to spread his message is to reach out to those who are all alone and need to be “watered “with a friendly communication. I suggest that today we try to do that.

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Michael
Pat

Appreciate your comments Pat. Thank you!

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Prophet Lowery - Author of THE LAWLESS CHURCH

Every parable of Jesus promotes the commandments and judgments of The Law (seed, word of God, mysteries of the kingdom of God). The Kingdom of God is not a place in eternity future, but the 'here and now' experience of peace, joy, health, promotion, provision, and influence promised to those Believers who will obey His commandments and judgments. Only the obedient Believer, then and now, can be called a disciple. When Jesus calmed the sea and healed the woman and drove away demonic forces, He demonstrated that He (THE LAW made flesh), creation, the commandments and judgments of The Law, healing, opposition to demonic forces in our life, and a blessed life are synonymous spiritual realities. - THE LAWLESS CHURCH, Prophet Lowery

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Dan

Thank you for sharing this word of encouragement!

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Dan

Perseverance would not be needed if life were perfect, would it?

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