Monday, March 21, 2011
WHAT DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The thing that struck me about this parable is that some things will grow in any environment. It does not say anything about the ground being bare, it just says this particular seed dont take to these places.
In Matt 13:4, the wayside is the side of a path, or road. I have never seen a way side that was not covered in weeds. It seems the things that do grow on the way side, are the things nobody wants in an actual garden. Gardeners take a lot of time to get rid of the weeds in a garden. In this verse it is talking about the way side being the heart of man that hears the word, and does nothing with it. He hears the word, but allows the devil to take the word from him. He does not protect the word.
In Matt 13:5, the seed falls upon the stoney ground. If you look at the rocky mountains, you will see it has vegetation of some kind in places all around the mountains. Once again, something is going to grow in these places, even if it is not beneficial to us. Here there is no deepness of root in the seed, and the sun burns it up. This is the hypocrites that hear the word, but dont let it get deep in their heart. As soon as they face a difficulty, they turn away from the word, or find an easier way.
In Matt 13:7 the seed falls upon thorny ground. Here is where it gets tricky. The reason the seed dont take root, is because something is already growing there so thick it chokes out the seed. The thorns here are worldly hinderences. If you look up thorns, you will find there are many, many types of thorns. There are thorny trees, thorny bushes, thorny flowers, thorny weeds, thorny whatever. There are thorny things people grow on purpose. Here is a good example, one of the most common flowers grown are roses and, there are several different types of roses grown.
Matt. 13:8 this seed found good ground and brought forth fruit. Some a hundred fold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold. This is also true if you are sowing seed for bad fruit.