“Sowing the Word of God”
Luke 8: 1-18 Women, the Word and a parable explained.
Of the four Gospels, Luke shows Jesus reach of ministry to women more than all of the other accounts. ____________________________________________________________________
Luke mentions these women who are helpers, even financers of Jesus ministry. These women provide many different kinds of help and support to Jesus and the twelve as well as the crowds that they meet. Just as today, women are indispensable in the church.
The women are diverse in their backgrounds but have all been impacted by Jesus ministry, “certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities”. __________________
Jesus teaches via this parable the centrality of the Word of God and the kingdom of God. This topic would have a familiar ring to his audience since they are Jewish, for the language of the parable was given to Isaiah the prophet 700 years before Jesus alludes to them in this text: Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” We might question a little bit the disciples question in verse 9, “What does this parable mean?” So let’s remember, the core group of disciples were fishermen, not farmers. Also the specifics of their question is addressed by the content of Jesus answer when He explains the parable. (verses 10-18)
The disciples are puzzled about the Word being likened to the seed and the impact difference based on what kind of soil the seed finds. They ask for clarity, something we are instructed to do as well: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 The key aspect of Jesus explanation is the detail He provides in the four types of soil that we encounter when we witness to others.
Those by the wayside – ____________________________________________________
The ones on the rock – ____________________________________________________ We are warned in Colossians 2:6-8, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” 3. The ones that fell among thorns – ___________________________________________
The ones that fell on the good ground – This is the process of growing in the Lord. _____ ____________________________________________________________________________ Only God can grow fruit but we tend the plant. That is what Jesus speaks of in verses 16 – 18.
God lights the lamp of our lives and our faith keeps it shining.
The light of examination is the work of the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to bear fruit.
Hearing the Word of God is essential, & we must hear His voice, not the voice of deception.
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