Matt 13:11                The Parable of the Four Soils                              6/10/2018      ßà   





#1.       The Wayside (Matt 13:18-19, Eph 2:3, Rom 6:23, Gen 3:15, John 6:37, Rom 10:17)







#2.       The Stony Ground (Matt 13:20-21, Matt 20:28, Isa 53:11)







#3.       The Thorny Ground (Matt 13:22, Jam 1:21-27, Luke 8:14, Matt 11:20-24)







#4.       The Good Ground (Matt 13:23, 19:17, Rom 3:12, 8:8, John 11:39-44, Eph 2:1-5, Phil 1:6)





Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 13:1 (2X). As you know, I had planned to cover one chapter each week in the Gospel of Matthew. But now that we have come to ch 13 we must pause a little longer. The previous chapters had all one theme throughout the chapter. But ch 13 is special, for there are 8 parables in this chapter, and I intend to linger here for 8 weeks to work out all these important parables. Therefore the title of this sermon is. The Parable of the Four Soils (2X). Let us then look at the first parable in this series. But this is not the first parable in the Gospel of Matthew, for we have already seen parables in each chapter, except in the first chapter.

Mt 13:1-3 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.      And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Mt 13:4-9  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:   Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:   And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.         And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:            But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.          Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mt 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mt 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Now, this is the focus of the first parable: To some people “it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to others it is not given”. And God does not simply give this knowledge, but it is implied that this gift from God is actually an indication that this individual has been saved. This fundamental principle runs all the way throughout this chapter in the Gospel of Matthew. The gift of God unto salvation is a free gift, which is totally undeserved, and God decides to whom He will give this gift of knowing the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven. And so, the second principle that we see shining through these last two verses is this: Why did the Lord Jesus speak in parables? It is to hide the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven from those to whom God does not want to disclose it to. Thus we can understand how these two principles hang together. God favors a group of people whom He wants to give the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, and God is displeased with the rest of the human race from whom He hides the truths of these mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. But who is the Lord addressing in this chapter? Verse 2 says that great multitudes came to hear Him. And so it is today. Although the Bible is written for all mankind, these parables of the kingdom in Matt 13 are primarily for people in the church. The Lord puts us on notice. Let us now turn to this parable, which is commonly called, “The Parable of the Sower”. Actually the parable is not about the Sower, but about the four soils that are being sowed by the Sower. Then the Lord Jesus explained this parable for His disciples in verses 18-23. Let us now study the four soils, which represent the hearts of four groups of people. Please drop down to verse 18 in this chapter, Matt 13:18 (2X). And there we read about:

#1.       The Wayside (Matt 13:18-19, Eph 2:3, Rom 6:23, Gen 3:15, John 6:37, Rom 10:17)

Mt 13:18-19  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.          When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

The Sower sowed good seed, for the seed is “the word of the kingdom”, which is the Gospel unto salvation as we find it in the Bible. It is good seed, for it is the message from God to those who have spiritual ears to hear. It is a message of deliverance from Sin and Satan. No wonder then that the Devil does not want anyone to hear this Gospel message. And for what purpose is the seed sown in the hearts of men? Obviously, the seed is sown to change man’s heart, because it is a heart that is in rebellion against God; it is a heart that needs to be regenerated, or to be revived from the dead. All people come into the world with a heart, or a soul, that is evil and dead in the sight of God. God says that we all are sinners from birth. And because our souls are corrupted by sin we all are under the wrath of God. God says in Eph 2:3, “We all are by nature the children of wrath, even as others”. And since a righteous God demands a penalty for each crime, God says in Rom 6:23, “The wages of sin is death”. But the death that God has in view is not a physical death, for physical death is only a shadow of the second death in the lake of fire. According to the Bible all mankind is literally on the way to Hell, and we would all get here if God would not interfere. But God, who is rich in mercy, did interfere in the affairs of man. God provided the principle of substitution. Way back in Gen 3:15 God said to Satan, “I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (the body of believers), and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel”. God was here referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, who will fight to regain the possession of our soul and body out of the kingdom of Satan. This battle between Christ and Satan already took place when the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, almost 2000 years ago. It was on Friday April 3, in the year AD 33, that the Lord Jesus paid for the sins of all those He came to save, because we are unable to pay such a great penalty by ourselves. And since Jesus Christ is God His saving act was not a possibility to become saved, but He indeed saved mightily. Therefore He did not save everyone in the world, because not everyone in the world is saved. The Lord Jesus said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. All those whom the Father has given to Jesus to make Him atone for their sins, were chosen to become the Bride for His Son. And that meant that God committed Himself to let us hear the Gospel, to let us hear the seed that was sown in our hearts, and to make us believe the words of the Gospel. Therefore God says in Rom 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Let us now hear the other side of the story:

Do we sense the sadness that hangs over this story? Here is a large crowd listening to the Lord Jesus, who is preaching from an off-shore pulpit. It is a picture of the great spiritual distance between Christ and those who hear Him. Only a fraction of this great crowd is going to understand the words He is speaking. It is a picture of the masses of people who are coming to church to hear the Word of God, but the Word will make an impact on only a small fraction of them. Why? It is because many who came, are coming with a hard heart, an indifferent heart, a selfish heart, a heart that will only believe what they already have decided to believe. They are not open to the teaching of God’s words. They did not come to submit to whatever God says, to have the Word of God grow in their hearts. They did not come for Jesus. They came for themselves. They have their own agenda. In fact, they are encouraged by other church members to come just for themselves, because they hear them say, “Find a church where you feel most comfortable, a church where your needs are met”. It sounds like, “Find the religion that suits you best; it does not matter which one, as long as you are comfortable there”. Now, this is a great warning to us. How do we listen to the Word of God? How do we listen to sermons in this church? Do we think it must always give us a good feeling inside? But then we have come with a selfish heart, which is a hard heart. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 2Cor 4:3 (2X). Think of this: The Lord Jesus told this parable to the people who pretended to listen to Him. These are church people. And yet, three out of four remain unsaved, for they have come with their own agenda, they have come on their own terms, but not on God’s terms. And that is why it is easy for Satan to take the truths of the Gospel right out of their memory. They typify the wayside, the busy lifestyle. There is no time for the seed to germinate. And so, the Devil takes the message out of their mind and destroys it. We read in 2Cor 4:3-4,

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Why are they spiritually deaf? Satan has blinded their minds. Does God allow the Devil to do that? God answers this question here with the birds of the air picking away the seed that was own in the hearts of those who are categorized by “The Wayside”. Keep in mind that people are not passive in this. People sin voluntarily. They fully approve of removing these messages out of their mind. And this again underscores the fact that God says, “There is NONE that seeks after God”. The true Gospel is an offense to the natural man. Christ crucified only for the elect is to them a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. They are forgetting that God is infinitely wise, and thus God does not become wiser in time when He sees the actions of man. Therefore God must be sovereign, rather than respond with favors on those who turn to Christ. The mercy of God is great, but His mercy is on those who fear Him (Psalm 103), and God says in Rom 3:18 that there is NONE that fears Him. Only by His grace does anyone fear Him. And so, let us examine ourselves where we stand. Is there lots of business in our life, like a pathway? Are we aware of the spiritual battle for our soul? We are not passive in this battle for our soul. Satan uses the media: They are like birds out there in every magazine, on TV, on the radio, on every website, and in the newspapers, ready to pick away for they are engaging in the battle of our mind. Let us now return to Matt 13, to the second group of listeners to the Word of God:

#2.       The Stony Ground (Matt 13:20-21, Matt 20:28, Isa 53:11)

Sad to say, this second group of soils where the seed is sown also remains unsaved. Matt 13:20,

Mt 13:20-21  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;        Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Do we see that? The seed of the Gospel is joyfully received. But there is only a thin layer of soil. Underneath it is still hard rock. It means that people who are characterized by the stony places have no further change in their heart. But that is a change which they need. They need to be born from above. They need to believe the Gospel and make it their commitment for life. What then does it mean that they receive the Word joyfully? It means that they are emotionally touched by the Gospel story. They are emotionally touched by the pain Christ endured under the lashings of the Roman whips, and by the pressing of the crown of thorns, and by the nails in His hands and feet. But that is not the Gospel of salvation. Just believing what happened a long, long time ago in a land far, far away does not save anyone, for that is not good enough. Just believing that history does not save anyone. What then is the Gospel? What is the Good News? What is the seed that is sown here? The Gospel is that we need a change of heart. The Gospel is that we all were born in sin and are on the way to Hell, because the righteousness of God demands that the just penalty for sin must be paid. And for this reason the Lord Jesus Christ cam to earth to buy back, or to redeem those who rightfully are the property of Hell. The Lord Jesus said it so clearly in Matt 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”. Who are the many? All those whom the Father had given Him, were all those for whose sins He paid the ransom. Therefore He suffered in His soul when He paid the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for the many He came to save. God says in Isa 53:11 that He suffered in His soul for the many. And since He was successful in paying for our sins, He gave us the righteousness of God in our soul. But the person whose heart is like the stony ground can only grasp the historical events of the gospel story, and he is still unsaved. It is a person with an impulsive heart, easily touched emotionally, but it is a heart that has not been changed by God. This is the prevailing attitude in the churches of our days. It is an anti-intellectual attitude. This is the TV generation. They look for instant gratification, lots of singing, lots of rejoicing, but there is no interest in serious Bible study, and there is no interest in hearing exactly what God said. They have a shallow heart, typified by the shallow soil in the stony places.

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle of Peter, 1Pet 1:25 (2X). In this shallow soil the seed is quickly starved. These people received the Word of God with joy, but they fell away because they had no root. Briefly stated: No root, No fruit. In order to bear fruit we must be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. We must be rooted in Christ and in His Word. There is a certain stability within the life of a true child of God. We read in Col 2:7, “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving”. But a superficial interaction with the Word of God is not going to help us at all. If there is no change of heart, there is no lasting faith, and there is no lasting commitment. It is a person whom we have to keep taking by the hand, and we have to keep feeding them the first principles of the Gospel, and we have to keep feeding them the milk of the Word, and we have to keep urging them to engage in Christian fellowship, and so on. Is there anything wrong with the seed sown in his heart? No! The seed is perfect. God says in 1Pet 1:25

1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The seed is the Word of the Lord, which is perfect, for it will endure forever even after the last day has arrived. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 13:20 (2X). The man whose heart is like shallow ground in the midst of stony places is immediately offended when tribulation or persecution arise. “By and by” means “immediately”. He is made uneasy by the offense of the cross. And the Lord Jesus adds “Because of the Word”, which means this person falls away because he is unfamiliar with the Word of God. He has not digged into the Word, because he is not interested.

But this response to the Word of God has consequences. The Lord Jesus said, “When the sun was up they were scorched”. The sun is not bad. The little plant that has not grown up is bad. Who brings tribulation and persecution in our life?  God does! These little plants did not wither away because they were scorched. Look at Verse 6. They withered away because they had no root; that was the real reason. Tribulation and persecution are tests from God, either to strengthen our faith, or to show that we have no faith. Temporary faith is the same as having no faith. Temporary faith is identical with being unsaved. If I may paraphrase, the Lord is saying here: “Do you mean business? Where is your perseverance? Why do you need constant watering? Look under the surface of your religious life: Is there a hardness of heart under that veneer of soil? Do you still have a hard heart? Is it possible you have not really changed upon hearing My Word? What happens to this little plant shows you what happens to you in the life hereafter! Do you care that I have designed this beautiful Gospel plan, and that I have given My only begotten Son to suffer and die on a cross?” And so we see that we must examine ourselves if we perhaps belong to the stony ground. If the Seed would have taken good root, nothing would offend. We would not be swayed by gossip, or by any other circumstance. Are we going to Church because we like the preacher, or perhaps we like the choir, or perhaps we like the friends that are there, or perhaps we like the youth program, or perhaps any other program that they have there? Or is it because we want to be with the Lord Jesus Christ and with His people? Now we want to look at the third type of soil that the Seed was sown into.

#3.       The Thorny Ground (Matt 13:22, Jam 1:21-27, Luke 8:14, Matt 11:20-24)

Mt 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

This third soil also was an unfruitful heart. To whom was the Lord Jesus is addressing this message? To the people in the Church! Keep this in mind when we hear the Lord Jesus explain this parable. The Soil Among Thorns, are those who hear the Word of God, and for some period of time it even grows within them because they hear sermons preached. But here spiritual nourishment is also lacking because God's Word is in competition with other priorities. So they become unfruitful! They are those who hear the Word of God, but they do not DO according to what God commands. They are NOT DOERS of the Word, but hearers only. (Jam 1:21-27). If they would have been obedient to God's Word, they would have pulled out those "thorns" immediately. The thorns sprung up, means that concerns for earthly matters sprang up immediately. That is understandable: The thorns were there first, and they were not pulled out. There are three types of thorns listed here: The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and (from Luke 8:14) the pleasures of this life, that take up priority over the Word of God. People worry about jobs, or war, or politics, or pollution, or health, or money matters, or entertainment, and so on. All these concerns may never go away completely, but they must not have first priority in your life. If they take your valuable time away so that you will no longer have time for daily Bible study, prayer, and worship, then you are among the thorns. These thorns choked them, which means they choke the Word of God until there is no more life in it; they kill it by neglect. The Lord Jesus says "they become unfruitful". Why are they not bearing spiritual fruit? It is because they are dead. These three types of soil are only different in appearance. They are only different in degree. But the end result is the same: They are unfruitful, because they were dead to begin with, they were not changed by the hearing of the Word of God, and so in the end they are still dead. That is very sad. The Lord Jesus spoke about people in the Church who are under the hearing of the Word of God, and still remain unsaved. Their end is worse than the beginning. The Lord Jesus spoke about such people in Matt 11:20-24, in which He scolded the cities of Israel who heard Him preach, but who remained unbelieving. And this we have already covered three weeks ago. There are two principles the Lord Jesus is teaching us here in this passage of Matt 11:20-24. First: Those who heard the Gospel and still remain unsaved come under greater condemnation than if they would not have heard the Gospel. Second:  The Gospel was preached in those cities who would not believe (referring to Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum), whereas those cities who would have believed there the Gospel was not preached (referring to Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom).

God did that to teach us about the nature of the seed, the nature of the Gospel He is sowing. And to teach us about the election of God: It is God who does the saving, not we ourselves. Remember that the Bible was written to us, like God says in 1Pet 1:12, “Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you”. Therefore remember that the Parable of the Sower was written to teach us about the election of God. Here are three types of soil, but all three are bad soils, and they are not changed when the Seed is sown on them, because these three types of hearts have not been prepared by the Holy Spirit. That is the plain teaching almost everywhere the Bible.  The Lord Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:5, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”. In these words there are two conditions to be met: We must have heard “the water of the Gospel”, or we must have heard “the Gospel of Christ Crucified”. But in addition, the Holy Spirit must have prepared our heart to receive that Gospel in such a way that we become a new creation. In order for anyone of us to be regenerated in our soul these two elements must always be present: the message of the Gospel and the working of God the Holy Spirit. Take for example Israel in Egypt:

When the children of Israel were in Egypt, they killed the Passover Lamb, which was typifying the Death of Christ on the Cross. But the killing of the Passover Lamb alone did not bring them their freedom.  Remember what brought them their freedom? By faith they had to strike the blood of the lamb on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the front door of their houses. God says in:

Ex 12:13   And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Their faith in smearing the blood on the doorposts was a picture of the action of the Holy Spirit in preparing their hearts to receive the Gospel, so that they did not come under condemnation like the Egyptians did. And so, let us remember where we came from: We all started out as one of these bad soils. We all are sinners from birth. Since God’s justice requires it we all were under the wrath of God and deserving to go to Hell. But because Christ shed His blood for us, as our Passover Lamb, we are set free from bondage to Egypt. Just like the Passover Lamb was only sacrificed for Israel, and not for all the Egyptians, so the Lord Jesus Christ was sacrificed only for the elect, and not for all the sins of all the people in the world. That is the message of the good seed sown in this Parable of the Sower. And so, there is nothing wrong with the seed, but the soil where it is sown is lacking. That is why all three soils are unfruitful. Let us now consider the fourth soil:

#4.       The Good Ground (Matt 13:23, 19:17, Rom 3:12, 8:8, John 11:39-44, Eph 2:1-5, Phil 1:6)

Mt 13: But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Why does the Lord Jesus call this “the good ground”? Are there inherently good people and bad people in the world? Do we remember the Lord Jesus saying “There is no one good but God”? If we turn to the right side in our Bibles to Matt 19, we read in Matt 19:17 “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God”. The Lord Jesus is not saying here that He is not God. Jesus was speaking here to the rich young ruler who regarded Him as just another man, like asking advice from some holy Rabbi. The first correction the Lord Jesus gives this rich young ruler is this: Don’t call any man good. That is a title which only belongs to God. In fact, the Bible says in Rom 3:12, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one” What happened to “Man created in the image of God”?  But the natural man is not created in the image of God like Adam was.  Let the Bible speak. Natural men are haters of God. Natural men are enemies of God. That is how we came into the world. We read further to your right in the Bible, in Rom 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God”. Again this supports what we read in Rom 3, which says: All that natural man does is Sin, Sin, Sin. In fact they cannot please God. How is it then possible that here in Matt 13 the Lord Jesus calls these people “good ground”? Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 11:39 (2X). How is it possible that these people receive the Seed, which is the Message of the Gospel, and that the Seed germinates and grows solid roots in this good ground, and that this plant grows and bears fruit so that this seed is multiplied many times over? How is that possible if God said in Rom 3:12, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one”. The Lord Jesus Christ made that perfectly clear to us when He raised Lazarus from the tomb. The Lord Jesus performed this miracle to give us a clear picture of what salvation really is. We read this in John 11:39-44. 

Joh 11:39-40  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.      Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Joh 11:41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

Joh 11:42  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 11:43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Joh 11:44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Lazarus was dead for four days. His sister said to Jesus: “Lord by this time he stinketh”. Lazarus was absolutely dead. Was there any life left in Lazarus ? Absolutely not ! But when the Lord Jesus Christ called Lazarus out of the tomb, he did come out. Why?  Because the Lord Jesus made him alive first, and then he could hear and come forth! The Lord Jesus first qualified him to hear and come forth. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:1 (2X). Now we understand why in the Parable of the Sower the Lord Jesus called the fourth soil: “the good ground”. It is because the Lord Jesus first qualified him to be “the good ground”. God first has to make us alive. Again He made the same picture of salvation perfectly clear when He wrote in Eph 2:1-3,

Eph 2:1 ¶  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We were spiritually dead, just like Lazarus. We were unable to hear the Gospel and unable to respond to the preaching of the Gospel. We were stinking corpses, just like Lazarus. We needed to be made alive, just like Lazarus. But then in the following verses, in Eph 2:4-5, God shows us the miracle that He had to perform in us. God says in Eph 2:4-5,

Eph 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,          Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

When we see that word “mercy”, we must remember what God had to do to extend His Mercy to US:

The Father gave His only begotten Son for us. The Father sacrificed His only begotten Son for thieves and murderers like us. The Father poured His wrath upon His only begotten Son, because His Son took our place. The Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself. The Lord Jesus Christ clothed us with the robe of His righteousness. The Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily took our place, and on the Cross He paid the price that had to be paid for the full satisfaction of our Sins: The full price; the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. God the Holy Spirit waited patiently throughout our sinful life. But at the right time God the Holy Spirit prepared our heart to be like the “good ground”. And God the Holy Spirit made this seed of the Gospel grow, and grow, and grow, and bear fruit. And if God did all this, 100%, how can anyone say that they made a decision for Jesus? How can anyone take even 0.001% of credit for their salvation? The Bible says that God took the initiative and God will finish it. God says 

Phil 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

You see, only then will you qualify as the “good ground”. And then we see, this ground is bearing the same kind of seed that went into the ground, and it is now used for others. What was that seed that went into the good ground ? It was the Word of God; the Gospel unto Salvation. This went into the ground; it is the same Seed that comes out of the ground. What does that mean? It means that this good ground that was prepared by the Holy Spirit to receive the message of salvation, this person goes in turn to bring the Gospel of salvation to many others. This is how the seed is multiplying. God expects every NT Believer to witness with his mouth. And that is what is in view here in this Parable of the Sower. Was God aware that three out of four soils would remain unfruitful? O yes! The seed of the Gospel has to be sown into all the world. And only God will decide where the good ground will be found. Our God is sovereign.            AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.