It might be good Mike to follow up this post by integrating it with other teachings.
The follow on parable of the Wheat and the Tares comes to mind, here some actual bad seed is sown. Perhaps different from the thorns.
Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
The ideas of character and behavior fruit and the abiding in Christ are good points.
Perhaps there is a component of our fruitfulness that flowers in “delights” in the law (word) of the LORD also.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
As there are different seeds, plants and trees each producing fruit after their own kind a broader discussion of differences in our fruits could use further discussion.
And the discussion of the good soil and misplaced focus on the sower is so accurate.
Having my own small tomato garden in spring time I often reflect on just how difficult it is to obtain well prepared soil. Thankfully, it is the Holy Spirit who prepares the hearts of those who will believe and not us.
There is also hope to be found that even unfruitful trees will produce…
Luk 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
Luk 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
by Mike Ratliff
1 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2 And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded…
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