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    The Seed, the soil and the good fruit

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    The Seed, the soil and the good fruit

    Post by Susan on Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:21 am

    Our pastor quoted something remarkable at our church service.

    Based on Matthew 13:1-23

    Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

    Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

    Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

    Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

    Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

    Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

    Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

    Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

    Matthew 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

    Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

    Matthew 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

    Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

    Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

    Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

    Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

    Matthew 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

    Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

    Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

    Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

    Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

    Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

    Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

    Our heart is like the soil in which the seed is sown. This scripture shows for types of heart. Then JESUS gives the meaning of the parable. Interestingly this is something that stood out:

    Hard Hearts: Matt. 13:4, 19

    Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

    Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.


    Shallow hearts Matt. 13:5, 20 & 21

    Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

    Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

    Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

    Crowded hearts Matt 13:7, 22

    Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

    Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.


    Fruitful hearts Matt. 13: 8, 23

    Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

    Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

    The sad part is that we are warned of this throughout scripture, and yet we continue to ignore it. This is how so many will miss out on the Fruitful harvest that the LORD wants us to bring in.

    How does this compare with Good Fruit of the Spirit?


    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.


    Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.


    What kind of soil is your heart?

    Are you receiving HIS WORD as SEED and then sharing it with others?

    What kind of fruit are you producing?

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