Parable of the SOWER – 02

Mysteries of

The Kingdom of the Heavens

Part 02




Let us continue our study of the seven parables in Matt.13.

As we have seen in the introductory parts of this study, all the seven parables have to do with a people other than Israel, the born-again believers who are members of the church which is His body. These parables deal with the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens (v. 11), with the Word of the Kingdom (v. 19), and with fruit-bearing (v. 8, 23). All the seven parables, accordingly, have to do with the gospel of the glory of Christ, not the gospel of the grace of God.

The proper understanding of this first parable is of vital importance for understanding all the following parables. Therefore, the interpretation of this Parable has been given by the Lord Himself (verses 18 to 23). The meaning of the terms, “sower”, “seed”, “field”, etc are also given by our Lord (see verses 37 to 39).

The Sower (the Lord Jesus Christ) has sown saved individuals (the sons of the kingdom) in various situation/circumstances in the world, with a view to one thing – fruit-bearing. And this fruit-bearing has to do with one thing as well – the kingdom of the heavens (Matt.21:43).

Understanding this is foundational if one would properly understand that which should be the central focus of all activity in the lives of saved individuals in the world today. And the Spirit of God is in the world today, first of all, to do a work in unsaved man in this respect. He is present in the world to breathe life into the one who is without life, effecting spiritual life in that individual (see Gen. 2:7; John 5:24; Eph. 2:1, 5, 8). Only then can the Spirit deal with man in relation to that which is seen in the seven parables in this chapter. And only then can the Spirit, as well, bring to completion the central purpose for His presence in the world today – to search for, find, prepare and remove the bride for God’s Son (Gen. 24:33, 36-38, and 58-67) from among the saved individuals who are the members of His body, the church.

The parable of the Sower, the first of four parables which Christ gave outside the house, by the seaside, is comprised of four parts. Each part has to do with exactly the same thing: the Word of the Kingdom and fruit-bearing, with the kingdom of the heavens in view – a kingdom which is offered to a people other than Israel, to the new creation “in Christ.” In the first three parts of the parable though, the saved individuals comprising the one new man fail to bring forth fruit, as those in Israel had done relative to the proffered kingdom. Rather than overcoming and bearing fruit, they are instead overcome (through various means) and bear no fruit. But in the last part of the parable, overcoming and fruit-bearing are seen.

1) Ones Sown by the Wayside

Comparing the parable and the explanation (v. 4, 19), the ones sown by the wayside represent saved individuals who hear the Word of the Kingdom but fail to understand the message. And their failure to understand the message allows the “fowls,” representing “the wicked one [Satan],” to simply come along and trample down the message, thus devouring the person (Luke 8:5).

Why do we fail to understand? When we are “saved by grace through faith” we must understand the purpose of our redemption – why the Lord has paid such a great price and saved unworthy people like us. We must also understand the love of God. Those who understand the great love of God will sincerely love Him and be willing to hear Him and obey Him in all matters. If you are willing to obey, you will understand His word. “…A good understanding have all those who do His commandments” (Psa.111:10). If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine… (John 7:17). If you are not willing to obey, you cannot understand His word.

Those sown by the wayside, having this type experience in relation to the Word of the Kingdom, would probably represent the majority of Christians hearing this message today. Though they have a capacity to understand the message (they possess spiritual life), they show little to no interest to obey, allowing Satan to perform his destroying and devouring work. Israel, in the nation’s blinded condition, unwilling to submit, didn’t heed the message; and the Church today in its blinded condition, unwilling to obey, is not going to heed the message either. But a number of individuals in Israel were willing to hear and obey the message, and their eyes were opened. (Matt. 13:15, 16; Luke 24:16, 31) In exactly a similar manner, in the church today, the majority is in a blinded condition because they are led by so called spiritual leaders who are blinded in relation to the Word of the Kingdom (Rev.3:17). But a number of individuals in the church too have heeded and continue to heed the message, and their eyes too have been/are being opened. (2Cor. 3:14-18; Rev. 3:18)

In this part (Part 02), we have seen about “the Ones Sown by the Wayside” and in the next part (Part 02a) we will see about the Ones Sown in the other three parts of the field.

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