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Dash of Salt 012 - The Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:6 & 13:20-21 (NIV)

The Bible Says... “But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.”

“The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they only last a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”

*Note: If you have a red letter edition of the Holy Bible, The Parable of the Sower is in red, because this is actually Jesus Christ speaking.

Just a Dash

My husband and I wanted to try our hand at gardening, so we decided we’d grow a few vegetables from kitchen scraps. I placed the root end of an onion in soil and watered it for a few days, but it never began to sprout new life. After a while, I threw out the soil and the onion, but I forgot to remove the empty pot from the counter. My husband noticed and asked, “What happened to your onion?” I replied:

“The roots were dead. It wasn’t going to grow”.

A Pinch More

We love a “feel good” message that speaks to our current situation! Especially when we don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to process the meaning of what’s being taught to us. However, it’s so easy to forget those important lessons when we face trials that test our understanding of the Word.

In Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus teaches a crowd using The Parable of the Sower. A Parable is an Earthly story with a Heavenly meaning. In this parable, Jesus describes seed that has fallen on rocky places without much soil. The seed sprang up quickly, but soon scorched and withered because it had no roots (Matthew 13:3-6 NIV). Jesus explained that this segment of the parable referred to those who heard the Word of God and immediately accepted it with joy, but without understanding. This led to them being filled in the moment, but falling away from the Word once faced with troubles.

Much like those seeds that sprang up quickly, we spring to life because a message speaks to us and fills us with joy in the moment! But since we’re not properly rooted in the Word of God, our faith withers as soon as our circumstances heat up. Our lack of understanding causes us to accept a message without an understanding of how to apply it in order to grow. The ability to consistently absorb the Word of God and apply it to our lives is a result of being properly rooted in it. When our roots in God’s Word are strong and deep, we’re able to stay grounded in the foundation we’re planted in.

Continue Reading:

This week, take some time to read The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23.

The message in this Parable is very clear (Jesus even gives an interpretation of the story in verses 18-23)! Take some notes on how to apply this story to your current situation by answering the following:

Q: On what ground have you been planted?

Q: Where did you get your roots (where did you get your foundation in the Word of God)?

Q: Are your roots shallow or deep? How do you know?

Q: Are you growing in the foundation you’ve been planted in or have you been scorched?

Q: What steps do you need to take to ensure that you’re roots are nourished and not withering?

Origin Date: 8 April 2019

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