PREPARE THE SOIL
Read Luke 8:9-15.
Jesus continued on through the villages, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. People from town after town came to Him. When he saw the large crowd He told them a parable. Many were following Jesus. Out of those who would listen, Jesus described how the seed, His word, would fall on four different kinds of hearts:
Some fell along the path. And some fell on the rock. And some fell among thorns.
And some fell unto good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.
Jesus then called out to all of them saying: “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”
Only those with one type of heart could truly hear. Clearly there are those who don’t listen at all. But of those who would listen, few would truly hear. J.C. Ryle comments, it is a parable of universal application. The things it relates to are continually going on in every congregation wherever the gospel is preached. The four kinds of hearts that it describes are to be found in every assembly that hears the word. These factors should make us read the parable very carefully. We should say to ourselves, as we read it, “This concerns me. My heart is seen in this parable. I, too, am here.”
He who has ears to hear let him hear.
Our heart is represented in one of these. Ask the Lord this week to help you see the condition of your heart.
Praise God for bringing His word to you.
Confess your need for His Spirit to reveal the true condition of your heart.
Thank God for drawing you close to Him.
Ask God to help your heart be humble and ready to receive His truth.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 8:9-15 KJV