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The Double Minded

Three Weeks ago the Lord lead me to write about His “Parable of the Soils” this is the fourth installment on this parable. The first three are:

1. Soils and Hearts – Introduction
2. Can't Hear Won't Hear – the first soil
3. Self-Interest Conversion – the second soil

Today’s installment is on the third type of Soil. The Parable of the Soils can be found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke for this writing I will mainly be referring to the account of Mark 4: 1-20.

Let’s begin with the words of our Lord. “And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop” (Mark 4:7). This is what he spoke to the multitudes (the unbelievers) but when He was alone with His disciples (those who believed) He gave an explanation of the parable. “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it …

Self-Interest Conversion

This is part 3 on the “Parable of the Soils” commonly referred to as “The Sower and the Seed” but as was introduced in part 1 "Soils and Hearts" it is not about the Sower or the seed but is about soils. Part 2 was on the first soil "Can't Hear Won't Hear" today we will be going over the second soil. “The parable of the Soils” can be found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke I will mainly be referring to the account in Mark 4:1-20.

“Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away” (Mark 4:5-6). The land of Israel is covered with lime stone, much on the surface and much with just a thin layer of soil on top of the lime stone. I have observed this to occur on the pavement on my driveway, a small amount of soil gets on top of the concrete the soil is moist, a plant quickly sprouts up out of the soil then di…

Can't Hear Won't Hear

This is a continuation of a blog that the Lord had me begin last week on the parable of our Lord most commonly referred to as “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed” as stated in that blog this parable is not about the Sower or the Seed but it is a parable about soils and hearts ("Soils and Hearts"). So let us begin with the words of our Lord. “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it” (Mark 4:4). Throughout Judea during the time of Jesus there were pathways or crude roads cut through the fields so that travelers could pass through without disturbing the crops. These roads became extremely hard and packed down, the wayside is the edge of a path or road, so as the Sower spread his grain across his field some landed on the wayside where the earth was impenetrable allowing for birds to come and eat the grain on the surface. “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, …

Soils and Hearts

There is a subject that has been on my heart and mind all week and I would like to talk about it today. This subject is so vast that it will take weeks to unfold so come back in the following weeks to get the entire breath of the message. The subject is this “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed”. This parable is so profound, full of so much significance and depth that I do not see how it is possible to cover in a brief blog or even sermon for that matter, not just an entire book could be written about this but volumes of books. Contained in this parable are secrets of the Kingdom of God, the depravity of man, and his affliction. Hopefully by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Devine Word of the Living God in Christ Jesus I can by the will of God do it justice. The parable that is most often referred to as “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed” is not even about the Sower or the Seed, it is a parable about soils or hearts. Matthew, Mark, and Luke found such significan…