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The Teachings of Jesus -- Parables of the Sower & the Lamp

September 16, 2019

      Text:  Luke 8:1-21
 

               CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

  (Jesus’ unspoken question, then and today,
  is whether people hear with understanding)

             

               The Parable of the Sower
             and the Parable of the Lamp

 

On the occasion of large crowds coming together

from various cities to hear what Jesus would say.

 

           The Sower sows the Seed

  • The seed is given to him to sow

  • He scatters the seed widely

  • He trusts God to produce the harvest

 

                  THE SEED LANDS IN

    SEVERAL DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS
 

           1, The Roadside Reception

 

                   Some fell beside the road

               it was trampled under foot and

                   the birds came and ate it.
 

           THE WORLD AND THE ENEMY

                   TRAMPLE THE SEED,

                   AND STEAL IT AWAY

 

          2. The Rocky Reception

 

                 It quickly began to grow

                   then quickly withered

             because it had shallow roots

    because of the rocks below the surface.
 

          THE SEED IS RECEIVED WITH JOY,

          AND THEY BELIEVE FOR A WHILE,

BUT FALL AWAY WHEN TEMPTATIONS COME

 

        3. The Distracted Reception

 

              It is good and fertile soil

         and the plant begins to grow,

but other things are growing there also

     and the good plant is choked out

 

THEIR FAITH IS OVERCOME BY WORRIES

AND RICHES AND WORLDLY PLEASURES,

       RESULTING IN A FRUITLESS LIFE.

 

       4. The Real Reception

 

         It is good and fertile soil

    and the plant begins to grow

    and produce a great harvest.

 

 THESE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE HEARD

  THE WORD WITH A SINCERE HEART, 

AND ARE OBEDIENT, AND BEAR FRUIT.

 

 

          The Parable of the Lamp

 

     TAKE CARE HOW YOU LISTEN

 

       Lamps are to express the light
The lamp that shines will be replenished

 

         An incidental Illustration

v. 19-21 The family of Jesus arrives

      and cannot get to see Jesus

          because of the crowds.

 

“My mother and my brothers are

 those who hear the word of God

                    and do it.”

 

For further study see:

https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-parable-of-the-sower#flipbook/

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