“The Soils of Earth and the Human Soul”
Matthew 13:1-9; 24-30 Key word: “Harvest” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
3/29/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 13: “Sojourning with King Jesus“
Introduction: What’s going on in the world? What are some assumptions that may be false? What realities do we need to face?
The complex ground of our existence involves blessings and corruption/pollution. What are we learning in our times during the Corona Virus crisis?
A. A Sermon by the Sea: Parables of God’s Kingdom. (Matt. 13:1-3a)
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables,
- The Parable of the Farmer, His Seed and the Soils.
- The Parable of the Weeds.
- The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
- The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
- The Parable of the Net and the Good and Bad Fish
B. The Farmer, His seed and the soils (Matt. 13:3b-9) saying:
- The Farmer is God and the seed is the Gospel. (3b) “A farmer went out to sow his seed.
- The soils are the different conditions of the human soul. (4-8)
– The Path (hard – easy pickings for the birds) (4) 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
– The Rocky Places (shallow – no depth for roots) (5-6) 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
– The Thorny Places (crowded – no room for growth) (7) 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
– The Good Soil (Deep and rich – fruit & multiplication) (8) 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
C. The Parable of the Weeds (Matt. 13:24-30)
- God is the Landowner, the sower of good seed (Matt. 13:24)
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
- Satan is the spoiler, the sower of bad seed (weeds) (Matt. 13:25)
25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
- Good seed and bad seed have grown up, side by side (26)
26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
- A dilemma regarding evil in the world (27-28)
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
- The wise and gracious decision of the Landowner (29)
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.
- The harvest plan of God; judgment for salvation or termination (30)
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Key Point: Jesus came to sow the Gospel of God’s good seed of grace, truth and love. What condition is your soul in? Is it hard, rocky, thorny or clean and available? If you repent, Jesus can break through the hardness, clear out the rocks or remove the weeds. Satan has sown the seed of corruption and sin, God has sown the seed of goodness and grace. In these times, there is a harvest on the horizon. Have you received and shared the good seed of God’s gift of love in Jesus? Now is the day of salvation, don’t wait any longer to believe in Jesus. How is the day to share God’s seed of love. Jesus will come soon.
- Give examples of the “path”,“rocky ground” & “thorny” ground.
- How does Jesus help us deal with evil and corruption?
- How does Jesus give us hope regarding God’s future harvest?
- What do we learn about patience and urgency in these parables?