- God wants to communicate with us. (Week 9)
- God wants a relationship with us. (Week 15)
- Memorizing Bible verses can help me make right choices. (Week 21)
- Jesus wants us to follow him and tell others about him. (Week 22)
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.John 15:5 NLT
Jesus often taught using a special kind of story called a parable. This week we are going to learn about one of the most famous parables.
Read the Parable of the Farmer and the Seeds from Matthew 13:3-9.
3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”Matthew 13:3-9 NLT
In Matthew 13:18-23 Jesus explains the parable.
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”Matthew 13:18-23 NLT
- What does the seed that falls on the path represent? (verse 19)
- What happens to the seed that falls on the rocky soil (verses 19 & 20)
- Why does Jesus say the rocky soil people don’t last? (verse 20)
- What happens to the thorny soil people? (verse 22)
- What happens when the seed falls on good soil? (verse 23)
Seed that grows in good soil can produce a great harvest. Seed needs more than just soil to grow. Seed also needs water and nutrients. Just like seed our faith needs to be fed and watered to grow.
What are some ways you can grow in your faith? If you said attend church, read the Bible, or pray you are correct. You can also grow your faith by memorizing scripture. That is why we have memory verses each week. In Psalm 119:105 we learn that God’s word guides us.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
The Bible is God’s instruction book for life. Have you ever tried to build a model or Lego kit without looking at the instructions? How did go? Did you get stuck? I tried to build models on my own and often I had to have my dad help me. If I had just read the instructions first, it would have been a lot easier.