Back in the days of Jesus, however, farmers had a lot less to work with. And the picture we see here in Matthew 13is that of the common farmer. He doesn’t have the tools to properly fit the ground and prepare for seed, so he simply reaches into his bag, takes out handful after handful of seed and flings it across the ground.
Because of the haphazard way he’s throwing the seed…
· Some of it falls on a nearby hard-packed pathway
· Some falls amongst the rocks
· Some falls on weedy ground…
· But then, some of it falls on fertile ground and the seed takes root and gives a bountiful crop
Now Jesus is telling a story, and He’s telling this story to illustrate how God intended to spread the Gospel across the land and bring people to salvation.
But there were a couple of things about this story that struck me as odd:
1st – The parable seems to give the impression that God isn’t all that concerned about which soil He allows His seed to take root in.
Just think about that for a minute:
The Seed is the Word of God.
The Seed belongs to God.
Now, since the Seed belongs to God… don’t you think He’d be a little more selective about which soil even gets to receive this gift?
But that’s not how it plays out.
The footpath and the rocky soil and weedy soil… they all get a shot at this seed… WHY?
Well, I got to thinking about that.
ILLUS: A couple of weeks ago, you folks sent a team of us to Mexico to help Garnet Calzeda and her missionary team plant churches in Zaragoza and Salitre. As we were driving across the desert and up into the mountains we couldn’t help noticing all the rocks scattered across the land. There were millions of them.
Rocks the size of your fist,
the size of softballs
the size of watermelons
and the size small buildings.
There were rocks everywhere.