During Jesus' public healing and preaching tour of Galilee, and while the vast crowds awaited another miracle, it was to His inner circle that He explained the meaning of this moral illustration, or parable.
That explanation revealed the subtle out-working of God’s final judgement and redemption in our daily life-choices.
Other than the good soil, every other type of earth (the path, the rocky ground, and the thorns) did not produce the sower's intended outcome. The problem was not with seed, but with the ground conditions.
By way of comparison, He was also saying the problem was not with His message, but with the mindset of those who heard (or misheard) it.
Over the next few posts, we will reflect on those mindsets which Jesus described.
And it's important because of Jesus' warning to everyone at the end of His illustration.
'Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them." (Luke 8:18)
So, as we reflect on His words of invincible hope, let's ensure that we consider carefully how we listen to them.