Luke 8. Forum Discussion

In Chapter 8, Luke writes about:

  • Women that ministered to Christ
  • The Parable of the Sower
  • The Parable of the Lamp
  • Jesus calming the waters of the lake
  • Demons being cast into swine
  • And Jesus healing the sick

For today’s blog, let’s focus on the Parable of the Sower found in verses 4-15:

“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 to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot 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.”

This parable let’s us know there will be times when we are trying to plant seeds to glorify God and they are not going to bear any fruit. That can be discouraging, but we should understand that the same thing happened to Jesus. Not every person that heard Him or saw Him became a follower of His. We don’t need to look any further than Judas to see that.

We cannot stop planting seeds just because some of the seeds that we plant will not produce fruit. We must remind ourselves that other seeds will and that it is God, not us, that is providing the increase. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” 

Luke writes in verses 15, “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.”

Notice how Jesus says that the seed 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.” We can take two things from this verse:

  1. For them to bear fruit, they need to have first, “Heard the word,” which also means that somebody needed to take the time to teach them. That is why it is so important for us to share the Gospel with others. We never know what fruit the seeds that we are planting will produce.
  2. Jesus talks about bearing fruit with perseverance. He didn’t have to add the part about perseverance, but He did. As we ourselves work to bear fruit to the glory of God, Satan will try to stop us and will put obstacles in our path. We must persevere through adversity and continue to plant seeds. Others will water, and God will provide the increase. Amen