The parable of the sower is one of the most important parable in the Bible. Jesus has asked his disciples an important question, which is also important to us:
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? (Mk 4:13)
It is not only, that we understand the other parables, but also how the principles are in the God“s kingdom. Since the person of the sower is not explained, I would like to consider we human beings as this sower in this first part.
In the first part of the parable of the sower we have seen, that God wants to speak to us and gives us his seeds, in order that it brings fruit according how we receive, thirty-, sixty- or a hundred fold. We have seen, that God wants to save people with his word, the seed. For us as Christians this seems quite clear: God speaks and we receive. But what about people, who do not know God? Paul seizes this subject also in the Epistle to the Romans:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.“ (Rom 10:13-17)
Here we see quite clearly, that God is not the only ine who speaks, but he wants that we human beings speak too. He would like, that we speak, preach and pass on God“s word. Therefore, we are also sowers, who spread the word of God. It lies not in our responsibility, where the seed falls: on the way, the stony or good ground. We just must bring the word to the people. We must preach to the people (seize this please not as a burden, but as a privilege, which we have received from God). If we don’t do it, who else. We can not rely ourselves on it, that other do it for us. We are called to do it. We reach people, who others cannot reach, and these again can reach other people, who we or others cannot reach. Therefore, each single one is important, that he fulfils his assignment, gives testimony of Jesus and of God and of what he has done. When we preach the word, as it is written in the Bible, nothing more and nothing less, and what we have received as a revelation (an I-see-experience), we should pass on. This convinces. Isaiah 55:10 says:
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.
God gives seeds to the sower and bread to the eater. I have made by myself the experience, if I preach to people, I preach on one hand to these people, but on the other side I was filled with joy. In this preaching there are also included words, which concern myself. Therefore, it is correct, that God gives seeds to the sower, in order to sow, but also in order that he has bread, can participate at the word of God and has something to eat. In 2 Cor. 9, 10-15 it is written:
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men]; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.
In this scripture we also see, that God gives seeds to the sower, in order to sow and bread for food. In two different places God makes the same statement. He says also, that based upon the statement of two or three witnesses a matter shall be established (Deut 19:15). We can assume, that this statement is true. God wants to bless us with seeds, which we should pass on, and with seeds, which is for our food.
It is vital, that we do not assume, that when we sow today, that there is a harvest tomorrow. It absolutely can be, but instead it takes always a process. It will be sown and it takes a time until the seed comes up. The plant appears irresolutely out of the earth until it develops itself to the complete fruit. Precisely it is also with people we talk to. They receive the word and it will not be in vain. The seed will rise up sometime. I have read, that they have found seeds inside the graves of the pharaohs that were about 4000 years old. The explorers have taken these seeds and put it in good soil and irrigated it. Out of it a good plant has arisen. It doesn“t matter how big the period of time is. When the seed has been sown, a harvest will come. Because we do not know, when the harvest will be, we have to sow and water it. This is our task. To water means, to accompany these people in prayer, in order for the seed comes up in due season. Each seed needs its time and we don“t know how long this period of time is. In the natural we know which seed takes how long until he comes up. However, when the word of God is preached, we can not say, that this takes one day or that a week, etc. God promises, that the seed comes up in due season. Therefore, let us be active and pass on the word to the people.
This is part two of three. Read on with part 3.