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

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/