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Paul J. Bucknell
Purpose of Luke 8:1-15: To help us rightly approach God’s Word so that we can bear a rich crop. We are not focusing on the four categories as much as seeking to understand our own responses towards God’s Word and have a heart described to rightly receive God’s Word even as the good soil received the seed.
11 Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” (Luke 8:9-15 nasb)
Our focus should be on the seed that grew and bore a hundredfold crop. This is what we want. “And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” I told you this gets very personal. Your choice to obey God’s Word will prosper you. You have a choice to put God’s will and others ahead of your selfish preferences. This decision will keep popping up when you read or hear His Word because this is the mirror that helps us see who we are and what God wants.
Please observe the blessing that follows those who obey the Word of God–they grow to maturity and bear fruit. The same is true with a seed. If you told me that this little seed will grow big and bear a lot of fruit, it sounds like a big story, but when we have observed it happen again and again, you actually want to plant a garden and profit from this mysterious principle. The same is true spiritually.
Jesus says there are three things that rightly prepare the heart for such a harvest. The heart that responds has “heard the word in an honest and good heart.” In other words, they want to hear God’s Word. They do not use devious schemes to get ahead in life or grab another’s girl. Nothing like that. Honesty deliberately dodges deceit. Honesty puts others ahead of oneself while dishonesty places oneself before others.
They have a good heart, seeking God’s wisdom and ways and are eager to incorporate into their lives. Where we fail to live according to God’s Word, then our lives begin to suffer. (I am not stating that all suffering comes from disobedience but much does. Some comes through pruning, which is only making us more effective, fruit bearing.) But when we eagerly seek God’s wisdom and Word, then we eagerly adopt it–this sets us up to marvelously reap from His Word.
This simple parable unfolds many truths.
(1) God’s Word is needed and to be trusted. The most important is the fact that God causes great fruit from hearing and obeying God’s Word. We do not need to experience things to know things, but can trust His Word and therefore avoid the evil. You miss out on nothing.
(2) God’s Word leads to salvation. Watch out for the struggle to believe in Christ for salvation. Jesus is not just another god to adopt for security but the Lord of the universe demanding our soul, heart and mind. The heart of the gospel is that God has given His Son to love us. Love is the backdrop of salvation.
(3) Responsiveness to God’s Word must continually be monitored. Believers constantly face the struggle with what are you going to do with the Word of God. Do you really want the Word of God? Most of Christian growth is composed of learning to hear and obey the Lord. Read the Bible more and you will grow more. If you sense the Word not connecting with your soul, repent and confess any known sin and humbly ask Him to teach you as you again eagerly seek His Word.
This concludes this section on the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:1-15). Powerpoints, audio and video can be found on our New Testament Training Library (see below).
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Biblical Foundations for Freedom - Resources on the Gospel of Luke
INTRODUCTION TO CHRIST
|Luke Introduction web
Luke Teaching Outline (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:26-38 Christmas Lights pdf
Luke 1:31-33 Be Great pdf
Luke 1:45-55 Christmas Prayer (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:56-75 Notes (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:57-80 John's Birth pdf
|Luke 2:1-20 Jesus' Birth pdf
Luke 2:8-20 Good News (Check NT Library)
Luke 3:21-38 Genealogy (Check NT Library)
THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
|Luke 5:27-32 Needy pdf
Luke 5:33-35 Fasting Discipline pdf
Luke 5:36-39 New-Wineskins pdf
Luke 6:1-11 Sabbath pdf
Luke 6:11-19 Character & Calling (Check NT Library)
Luke 7:1-10 Faith web
Luke 7:11-17 Widow & Son web
Luke 7:18-35 John the Baptist web
Luke 7:36-50 Two-debtors web
Luke 7:1-50 Faith pdf
THE REJECTION OF CHRIST
|Luke 9:37-48 Greatness (Check NT Library)
Luke 9:45-55 Pride & Leadership pdf
Luke 9:57-62 Discipleship web | pdf | Questions web
Luke 9:57-10:2 Mission Ready web | podcast
Luke 10:1 Mission Involvement web
Luke 10:2a Mission Worldview web
Luke 10:2b Prayer & missions web
Luke 11:1-5 Content of Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-26 Participating in Prayer (Check NT Library)
Luke 11:14-28 Prayer Strategy pdf
Luke 11:5-13 Persistent in Prayer (Check NT Library)
INSTRUCTION IN VIEW OF CHRIST'S REJECTION
|Luke 12:25-26 A Perspective on Worry web
Luke 13:1-5 Understanding Disasters web
Luke 13:18-19 Mustard Seed pdf
Luke 13:20-30 Leaven & Decisions pdf
Luke 13:31-35 Mission Growth (Check NT Library)
Luke 14:1-14 Teaching web | pdf
Luke 14:15-35 Commitment web | pdf
Luke 15:1-2 Lost pdf
Luke 15:3-10 Lost Sheep (Check NT Library)
Luke 15:11-32 Lost Son (Check NT Library)
Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus pdf
Luke 17:11-19 Perfect Response pdf
|Luke 18:1-34 Being Prepared (Check NT Library)
Luke 18:1-8 Hopelessness web
Luke 18:9-14 Self-righteous web
Luke 18:15-17 Neglected web
Luke 18:18-27 False-Confidence web
Luke 18:28-30 Faithfulness web
Luke 18:31-34 Remember web
Luke 18:35-43 Blind Man (Check NT Library)
Luke 19:1-10 Tax Collector pdf
Luke 19:11-27 Ten Minas (Check NT Library)
PASSION OF CHRIST & BEYOND
|Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday pdf
Luke 19:35-38 Entry web
Luke 19:41-44 Weep Lost (Check NT Library)
Luke 19:45 20-47 Preach pdf
Luke 20:26-40 Eternity (Check NT Library)
|Luke 22:1-06 The-Plot web
Luke 22:1-30 Introduction web
Luke 22:7-13 The Preparation web
Luke 22:14-23 The Passover web
Luke 22:24-30 Leadership web
Luke 22:1-30 Lord's Supper pdf
Luke 22:29-36 Temptation (Check NT Library)
Luke 22:31-65 Temptation Handout (Check NT Library)
Luke 24:13-35 Questions pdf
Luke 24:13-53 Resurrection (Check NT Library)