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!” (Matthew 13:3-9)
Four Hearts And One Book
Jesus spoke in parables to show the power of God’s word in the hearts of honest men. He taught with authority and the people were astonished at the simplicity of His message. The call of Christ was to storm the will of men and take no prisoners. It was an overwhelming deluge of spiritual manna that would change the heart or fall on deaf ears. More often than not the teaching of Jesus was rejected by the multitudes and leaders of the day. They would kill the master teacher on a cross outside Jerusalem and the world would continue for millennia with few accepting the stark teaching of the Son of God. The Bible is ridiculed, rejected, and remanded to the library of mythical fiction. Jesus was a good man but nothing more. His miracles never happened, His teachings out of step and the message of one truth denied. Most men in the world do not believe in the word of God. Many accept parts of the word to fit their personal agendas and moral compass but refuse to believe all of it. Some try to live by its standards but are easily dissuaded by the cares of the world and pursuits of carnal pleasures. A small remnant of honest hearts accept the word of God as divine and life changing seeking to follow in every part of their lives the holy teachings of God’s Son.
The Bible opens up the message of four hearts. Everyone falls into one of four categories when they approach the word of God. The reaction to the message of the Bible is found in the four soils Jesus illustrated to the early disciples in parables. Wayside hearts are minds that are closed completely against eternal truth. Locked in the vault of human wisdom, the mind cannot accept a power greater than man. Rejecting the Bible as divine elevates man to be his own god and according to his own wisdom guides his life in futility. No book has had greater distribution and value throughout every generation than the Bible and yet the word of the kingdom is taken away from hearts hardened with the lust of the world and its trappings of pleasure. The majority of people in the world do not believe the Bible. There is an absolute rejection of the Bible as being divine because there is no God. Without God there is no law and without law there is only personal choice without accountability. The Bible tells a different story. There is a God and there are consequences to life. Hearts hardened like the wayside soil are minds closed to believe in God.
One of the greatest dangers of religion is the notion that the Bible can be used as a type of buffet where the participant can choose and pick what they like or dislike. The reason there are so many churches today is personal choice. Everyone gets to have the flavor spiritual ice cream they like best and suits their needs. These hearts receive the word of God with great excitement and joy but find no root in the veneer religion they try to follow and soon turn away. The soil is shallow and hallow as their spiritual life and it all comes to nothing. Like the first soil, the end is worse than the beginning. True worship is according to spirit and truth and Jesus emphasized worship must be deeply rooted in the word of God. Hearts filled with the rocks and stones of false religion, false hope and false doctrine will not survive long. The tree of truth must be bedded deeply in the soil of the precepts, judgments and commands of God. Failing to remove those hindrances will bring about failure.
Many will find the truth of God’s word and plant their minds deeply within the soil of His grace. They will flourish as the nutrients of the word fill their souls. Sadly, as times goes on they make the mistake of allowing the cares of the world crowd out the spiritual growth that once flourished. The riches of the carnal world overtake the time, energy and hearts of the faithful and their lives are spent less and less in the word of God. Soon because of the desires of the world the once rich soil of a faithful heart becomes an unproductive and a shriveled plant with no fruit. Without change the heart will die. This third soil is a common malady among the people of God. So many things vie for the time and energies of families that little is done for the work of the Lord. Bible studies are neglected, worship is minimalized and faith grows weak. The hearts that were planted in good soil are useless in a field of worldly weeds.
From the wayside ground to the soil filled with rocks the heart is measured by the kind of soil it allows the word to grow in. The only soil that produces a crop is a heart that is broken up by the power of God’s grace, emptied of the rocks of disbelief and doubt and keep clean of the impediments of the world that will choke its life from it. Good soil comes from hard work and diligent care to maintain the proper kind of soil conducive to producing thirtyfold, sixty and even a hundredfold. The Bible is not a trite book of stories filling the time of worship or study but a living, breathing entity that is filling the lives of the saints who love to hear its message, respond to its call and glorify the Father in the knowledge of His will in their hearts. Good soil has a richness about it that smells of the power of the Creator as a vibrant and living force that will produce the bounty of God’s wisdom. Hearts must first be broken. The rocks and stones must be taken out of the way when the Bible is open. Diligent effort is made daily to remove the seeds of doubt so the soil can remain pure and clean. When good soil is made from the word of God – growth will happen. There will be an incredible harvest of joy when the heart of man is turned to the word of God.