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The Sower

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Image from http://www.luciasblog.com/2017/10/the-implanted-word-of-god.html
Man sowing seed by hand
 
Luke 8:4–15
 
The Parable of the Sower is the “parable of parables”.  Jesus taught that understanding this parable is the key, or gateway, to all the others (Mark 4:13).
 
One way of looking at the Parable of the Sower is to understand the soil as our mind.  As the word of God engages with our mind a number of things can happen.  The devil (like a bird picking up seed) may steal away the seed that was sown; or as soon as we hear the Word of God the distractions of the day overwhelm us and it is gone.
 
Or we receive it at first with great joy and happiness but the busyness of the day and the testing of life dissipate it and we do not hold on to it.  The problem is that if we don’t hold on to the Scripture that we have read we fail to mature as Christians and to fulfil our vocation.
 
When the soil of our mind is good, though, receiving and valuing the Word of God, we are able to persevere, riding out the ups and downs of the day and meeting each circumstance with a bold proclamation of God’s truth.
 
Father, by the grace of your Holy Spirit, teach me to be good soil and so to bear fruit for your kingdom.
 
Chris
 
 
1 Timothy 6:13–16 • Psalm 99(100) • Luke 8:4–15
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I believe Jesus is the Son of God

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Jesus incensed the Pharisees by claiming to be one with the Father, in effect claiming to be God (v. 33).  Since stoning was the punishment under the law in cases of blasphemy, they picked up their stones. Appealing to the authority of Scripture, and quoting from Psalm 81(82) verse 6, Jesus argued that if in  this psalm men could be called 'gods', how much more appropriate was it that the one whom the Father had set apart and sent into the world should be given this title? He provoked them further by inviting them to believe that the Father was in him and he in the Father (v. 38). Despite the hostility of the leaders, many came to believe in him.

The essence of Jesus’s mission was to reveal his Father and to fulfil his will. Each of us is on a pilgrimage back to the Father, who loves us totally and unconditionally.  It delights the Father when we worship his Son, and the Son rejoices when we worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  Each day we can rediscover and be renewed in the love the Father has for us.

Speaking of the depth of the relationship between the Father and the Son, St Irenaeus said: “No one can know the Father apart from God's Word, that is, unless the Son reveals him, and no one can know the Son unless the Father so wills. Now the Son fulfils the Father's good pleasure: the Father sends, the Son is sent, and he comes. The Father is beyond our sight and comprehension; but he is known by his Word, who tells us of him who surpasses all telling.  The Son performs everything as a ministry to the Father, from the beginning to the end, and without the Son no one can know God. The way to know the Father is to know the Son: knowledge of the Son is in the Father and is revealed through the Son.”

Lord Jesus, I believe that you are God's only Son, sent by the Father to redeem us. I believe you are in the Father and the Father is in you. I believe not just because of the miracles, blessings and grace in my own life, but because of who you are.  Lord Jesus, I believe in you, and my heart sings with gratitude for the gift of faith I have received.

Jeremiah 20:10-13  • Psalm 17(18):2-7 • John 10:31-42

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