Purpose of this Session
To inspire the Student to understand the amazing living power of God’s Word when sown in their heart and the numerous benefits of diligent searching of God’s Word.
In this session we will be considering the Word from a different perspective. Jesus said in John 6:63:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 NKJV)
God’s Word contains supernatural power to work from the inside out, bringing numerous benefits to the life of the receiver. We will look at some of these benefits and processes in this session.
“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.””
We must understand the Word.
Strongs #4862: To put together. To comprehend.
“And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
We must keep the Word of God with patience.
Strongs #5281: Cheerful, hopeful endurance. Patient continuance.
“Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
…The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.””
We must accept the Word of God in our lives.
Strongs #3844: To accept near. To admit. To delight in.
The Key That Unlocks All Mysteries
Jesus told His disciples that this one parable provided a significant key to understanding all other mysteries.
“And He said to them, Do you not discern and understand this parable? How then is it possible for you to discern and understand all the parables?” (Mark 4:13 AMP)
The key concepts revealed by Jesus here are:
- The Word of God is like a seed
- The heart of man is like the ground into which the seed falls, and to a great extent determines the seed’s effectiveness
- Hearing and understanding the Word is the process by which the ‘seed’ is sown, and received into the heart.
Jesus speaks of the development and growth of the Kingdom of God in similar terms in Mark 4:26-29:
“And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground, And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases—he knows not how. The earth produces [acting] by itself—first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth [the reapers] and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.”
(Mark 4:26-29 AMP)
We discover that it is not essential to completely understand the ‘process’ through which God’s Word effectively works, just that we know that it does! Like a farmer plants his grain in ‘faith’ that natural processes will produce a harvest, so we, as believers, can be sure that the supernatural process of sowing God’s Word into our heart puts in motion a process that brings forth a harvest of life:
“…whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV)
Paul further expounds on the process of sowing and reaping in the book of Corinthians:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2Cor 9:6 NKJV)
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” (1Cor 3:6-7 NKJV)
God is responsible for multiplying what is sown. We are responsible to sow the seed.
If we sow much we will reap much, if we sow sparingly or grudgingly we will reap little. A key part of our harvest depends upon the attitude of our heart to receive the Word. Not only do we need to ‘hear’ the Word (Jesus spoke in these same passages about those with ears yet still do not ‘hear’ what is being said), we must ‘receive’ or ‘accept’ the word into an honest (noble, good) heart, willing to work with what we hear, patiently expecting results.
When we understand that the Word is ‘the Seed’ we can specifically sow into our own lives for our future harvest. We determine our future harvest.
The Benefits of Seed Sown
Benefits of God’s Word actively at work in our lives include:
• Nourishment for Spiritual Growth
• Increased Faith
• Victory over sin (sanctification)
• Victory over satan and protection from error
• Prosperity in soul and spirit