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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Matthew 13:4-9

Matthew 13:4-9 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds cameand ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.

The seed is the Word of God. This is not just the letters and words of the Bible itself; it’s also the revealed purpose of God. Jesus himself is the Word of God.

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” And John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

To Jesus’ audience, the seed was His message. But, it was also Himself. To us, today, the seed is dropped into the soil of our hearts every time we read the Bible or hear a message that is the true revelation of God and is empowered by the Holy Spirit. So the seed is not just the Gospel, the message of salvation. Every message from God, whether it’s about the Holy Spirit or a call to live a disciplined life, a prophecy, an instruction, an invitation for a closer walk with God or a challenge to witness to someone, is a seed and it can be lost, crushed, withered or produce fruit, depending on the condition of the heart.

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