Friday, November 17, 2006


Matt 13...a sower went out to sow some seed

Who is the sower and what is the seed?


Anonymous said...

Greetings, David,

Your questions regarding this lovely parable may be for the time of it's issuance or for today - or both.

For Jesus, the sower was either Himself or His disciples - the seed was the word of truth from God (the word of the Kingdom) through the prophesies of the Old Covenant or inspiration of the Holy Spirit as they all went about God's business.

For today the sower is any bona fide (L. - good faith), Spirit filled Christian fulfilling the great commission. The seed remains the same with the teachings of Paul, Peter and others added.

An interesting aside was made by Leon Morris in his exegesis on Matthew. While visiting modern Palestine, he watched their hard scrabble farmers sowing seed by casting it about randomly. Afterward they would “plow” it into the soil with a primitive wooden stick like device pulled by an ox. The plow barely scraped the top surface of the soil, weeds, rocks and paths of the field he was planting. When he inquired he was told this method had not changed in anyone's memory.

As a man two generations removed from farming families in central New York State, this parable had always puzzled me. The single most expensive item of spring planting around here is the seed, so why would anyone scatter it where it had little chance of growing successfully? Leon's observations not only answered that concern, but induced another thought.

When we go out to broadcast the seed of His word should we consider the condition of the soil where we plant it? Should we prepare the soil of their hearts prior to evangelizing?

This parable leaves the soil prep up to God. He may plow it in after we plant it, like the sower of Palestine, or before as our modern farmers do with their valuable seed.

When we evangelize, this parable background data has convinced me, we should scatter His word indiscriminately, relying on Him to do the work in the hearts of those who hear it. Nurturing, watering and weeding will come later.

Dave Wade

Dave said...

Just stopping by quickly, but thanks for your comments. You know that John calls Jesus the logos or Word, himself fully aware of this parable...what if the sower is the Father and the word being sown is Jesus, just for your thoughts, I am working through the implications of this.

Anonymous said...

PAR'ABLE, n. [L. parabola; Gr. to throw forward or against, to compare to or against; as in confero, collatum, to set together, or one thing with another.] A fable or allegorical relation or representation of something real in life or nature, from which a moral is drawn for instruction; such as the parable of the trees choosing a king, Judg 9; the parable of the poor man and his lamb. 2 Sam 12; the parable of the ten virgins, Mat 25. From Webster's 1828 dictionary.

As the Father and the Son are one, They both were represented as He "who was made flesh and dwelt among us."

The issue of "pearls before swine" and "shaking the dust off of your feet" may seem to limit the scope of where His seed was sown, but I do not believe The Father excludes any from His plan of salvation. (Rom 1:16, 1 Tim 2:4, Titus 2:11 and esp. 2 Pet 3:9, etc, etc.)

Calvanists will weave a complex theology that attempts to do this, but I must ask "why would He create any of mankind destined to damnation and offer salvation to all?"

Let us all continue to throw the Word forward as we walk through this life.


Dave Lynch said...

thanks dave, i think you are correct, there is only one sin that cannot be forgiven, maybe we can explore that one day?


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