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           The Gospels in Harmony            Sermon #162  Posted 9/9/18

Matthew 13:18-23   Mark 4:14-20   Luke 8:11-15
The Gospels in Harmony  Sermon #162-9418

 

18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
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.
20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
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.
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.
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.
Matthew 13:18-23

14  The sower soweth the word.
15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
18  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19  And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mark 4:14-20

11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12  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.
13   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.
14  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.
15  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 8:11-15

    Once again, Matthew has the most in depth delivery of this parable or recording of Jesus' explanation of the parable of the sower to the disciples.
Why? Because Matthew was actually there. Mark and Luke were gifted and anointed to repeat the accounts of Jesus' interactions with the disciples because their accounts were written for different readers in different places and at different times. All of the Gospels were written from memory. Either from personal experience and contact with Jesus or with His disciples and people who could testify to events and teachings of Jesus.
    So we will use Matthew as our foundational text and strengthen his recording with the writings of Mark and Luke.
18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:18
     Jesus is implying that the disciples hear with their hearts and not just their ears. They had already heard this parable and were asking for an explanation of the hidden meaning and why Jesus was talking and teaching in parables.
    In our last Sermon we covered why Jesus spoke in parables to the people. Now we will cover the telling of the meaning by Jesus.
So ---18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:18
11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11
19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom,-------
Matthew 13:19
14  The sower soweth the word.
Mark 4:14
    It is interesting when you put all three of these beginning verses together they explain the; who, what and where of the parable.
The sower or evangelist of the Word of God.
The seed is the Word of God.
And the where is out in the field. Remember this folks!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be taken out and sown that it will grow and bring in a greater harvest.
But; 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 13:19
    Because the hearers heart is not prepared to receive the Word, Satan through his lies and obedient servants to his wicked ways, easily take the truth of the Word of God and turn it into misleading untruth. They cover it with the filth of the world and it never takes root.
   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 13:20
   How often I have seen new believers so excited about hearing the Word of God for the first time; hearing the truth within the words for the first time. But believing there is truth in the Word and believing THE truth in the Word is two different things. The first is superficial. It is an exterior knowledge and acceptance of the truth. It's like knowing what is right but never doing it. It's like shouting AMEN at the end of someone else's prayer or even asking others to do your praying but never praying in earnest yourself . It's never accepting the power of the truth in your heart that it can change from just a seed to a mighty tree prepared and capable of yielding much fruit.
   When I was young I believed the Word of God was for us to know and follow to have a good life and stay out of trouble. If you went to church that meant you were a Christian and preachers were the only ones that were expected to be really holy and pure. We were just parishioners and Preachers were appointed to study the Bible to tell us how we were to be acceptable as Christians. I believed there was truth in the Word of God.
But it was not until I came to the realization of just how sinful sin really is in the sight of God and that I was born in and filled with sin that I began to desire the Word for my life. Jesus Christ must be your living desire for you to be saved; planted and watered that you will grow into an obedient productive children, brethren and Christians.  
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 13:21
     As a young man I was easily persuaded to ignore or deny that I believed the Word of God. I knew right from wrong by the word and by what my parents taught me from their belief in the Word, but I had not taken it to the good soil of trust and commitment. It was easy for me to look to others or myself for my wants and needs and most people I knew and associated with others who accepted that kind of thinking and behavior. I was a religious hypocrite.
 13    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.
Luke 8:13   
    Being rooted and grounded means to be feeding on the truth and set in the truth.
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 13:22
    Now, many would consider the recipient of the seed among the thorns as a backslider. That may be true because there is evidence of root being set and growth being made but once again if there is no fruit were they ever really saved?  
14  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.
Luke 8:14
    Luke implies that there may even be evidence of an attempt to be fruitful but they bring no fruit to perfection. Perfection as in maturity or able to produce more seed for the increase of the glory of God. I know many church goers who are involved with many church activities but they are doing such things because they feel they are supposed to and not because their hearts desire is to be an integral part of the increase. They are most often life long, bona fide,  pew sitters and little more. Their lives are outside of the few hours of church attendance and service each week. Their jobs, their friends, their hobbies, their whatever,  takes up their time and attention from being devoted, God fearing, disciples, ministers and evangelists. They are the professing Christians in the world.  
     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.
Matthew 13:23
15  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 8:15   
    Matthew and Mark state the seed is received into or sown on good ground. Luke explains that the good ground the seed is received or sown in is an honest and good heart. A heart that is prepared to hear the truth and put it to good measure.
Good measure is to nurture and keep attending to the Word that the life giving power within it will grow to produce more seed for the glory of God.
It will bring about a good measure.
-----some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mark 4:20
     Where do you fit into this living parable?
It is a living parable because it applies to our lives as much as it did to the listeners of Jesus. It is a fearful thing to apply it to our own lives and be honest with ourselves in doing so. Where do I fit?
Am I dedicated in discipleship, ministry and evangelism?
Do I desire to hear the Word and the truth within it above all other things?
Am I becoming more experienced, bolder and more forthcoming in my obedience and service as a Christian in this world?
Do I desire to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world?
Do I shun the lies of Satan and the temptations of his world that would draw me away from honoring and glorifying God?
Much to think about and take to heart where the good soil will help you grow into a confessing Christian. A true child of God.
 
2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 1:2-3
AMEN!

Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
9/4/18

 

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