Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 20--Sowing of Seeds and Spreading of Truth, Part I

            The world says that, when good information is made available, people will take advantage of it.  All you have to do is tell people what they need to hear, and they will follow through.

            What does the Bible say?  Today we are going to look at the first half of the parable of the sower, and tomorrow we will look at its meaning and how it may touch your family.

Not all ground is suitable for seeds to grow.
            Mark 4:3---"…A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell among the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.  Still other seed fell on good soil.  It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times."

            "…The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you.  But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven."

            Although the people hearing these words directly from Jesus' mouth were familiar with the sowing of seeds and having the agriculture process touch their families, they were confused as to what He was saying about truth—the truth of God's word.  Fortunately Jesus explained its meaning to His disciples so that we, too, could have a chance to comprehend it.  Tomorrow we will look at His explanation. 

            If you would like more ideas on helping your children (and yourself) develop a Biblical worldview or to find out how to win a Wal-Mart gift card, go to the 31 Days Giveaway (Intro. Part II) post for more Touching Families blog links.  If you want to check out other 31 Days' topics, see The Nester.

*All verses quoted are from the New International Version:  THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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