A Couple More Thoughts on the Parable of the Sower
My thoughts were tempered when I looked at Luke 8, because Jesus says this when explaining the parable:
Luke 8(I find it interesting that he doesn't mention anything right here as a prerequisite to be saved, other than believe.)
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 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.
So, it is Jesus Himself who says this is a parable about being saved.
This led into some more interesting discovery for me. I looked back at Christ's explanation in Matthew and I see the phrase believe and be saved isn't used in Matthew.
Matthew 13Yet, He uses a word here in Matthew that is not used in the Luke passage. It is the word kingdom. At this point I was reminded that these gospels are very different from one another, they have different themes and purposes. I can't remember how many times the word kingdom is used in the book of Matthew, but it is a relatively high number, because the kingdom was his theme and His main audience were those awaiting the kingdom - the Jewish people. Luke doesn't even mention the kingdom in the explanation of the Parable of the Sower. Who was his target audience?
18 Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 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.
I just thought it was interesting to again have this specificity of purpose in the gospels re-affirmed to my mind.
I'm still not sure about my original thoughts regarding the everyday hearing of the Word and the condition of our heart's soil ... I am not sure if this is what Jesus had in mind when He told this parable ... but I think it is not a hurtful idea, and I am going to pray God wil chuck out some rocks and cut down some thorns.