Big Hill Bible Studies
09 March 2018
We conclude the parable of the sower with Jesus describing the seed that had fallen on good soil (V8). He explained the meaning of this seed in verse 23 as the man who hears the Word and understands it. He then continues to grow the Word and his life bears much fruit. Notice in both verse 8 and 23 Jesus cites the seed / man yielded 100, 60, and 30 fold. Jesus then closes the parable in verse 9, "He who has ears, let him hear."
It seems this particular seed had been able to do what it was supposed to do - bear fruit. It accomplished the desired purpose God had given it when He created it. The man who hears, understands, and bears fruit also accomplishes his created purpose. I find it interesting to see Jesus state some yielded 100, some 60, and some 30 fold. Is He saying that we are not limited to a minimal degree, but that we are basically unlimited in our potential for growth? Perhaps that is why He closed the parable with the remark that those having ears should hear. What do you hear in this parable? Are you excusing your growth because you been picked out, burned up, or choked? Or have you given the Word good soil and nurturing, and now you are reaping a harvest? Do your ears hear what the Lord is planting in you and do you anticipate an unlimited crop? Allow Him to work you and grow you and see what happens.