Beginning with His first command to mankind at creation, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth" (Gen. 1:28), God revealed His interest in reproduction. The first children would have been birthed in a perfect environment, had Adam and Eve not sinned; instead the first children were birthed outside of the garden of Eden, where Adam had to till hostile soil. Likewise, the human heart has often proven hostile to the message of redemption.
Jesus uses the parable of the soils to teach His disciples about the makeup of the crowds who have come to hear Him, lest they become enamored with crowd-building. Jesus divides the crowd into four groups:
The parable of the soils clearly demonstrates that the problem lies not with the seed but with the condition of the soil. Hardened hearts prohibit implantation. Shallow hearts prohibit maturity. Fertile soil readily produces thorns and weeds, which grow up and choke the life out of the young seedling. Prepared soil receives the seed and matures the seedling until it reproduces. All four soils hear, but only the fertile soil hears and understands.
Luke's Gospel records narratives about Jesus" forgiving women and lists some of the names of women who followed Christ. What does this reveal about Jesus' view of women? How does His view contrast with that of the religious crowd?
What does Jesus' liberating people from demons reveal about demons and their activity?
What does Jesus' use of the Jonah story reveal about those who require signs to believe?
Review 2 Samuel 12:1-6. Stories penetrate mental barriers in a way that leaves people vulnerable. Therefore good teachers (and the best teacher of all) often use stories as teaching devices. What does Jesus reveal about the seed in his parable of the soils?
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