The Field Factors

The Seed Factors
Written By Barbara Worthington

Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)

Mat 13:3 Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He told them this story: “A farmer went out to sow seed.
Mat 13:4 While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed.
Mat 13:5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew very fast there, because the soil was not deep.
Mat 13:6 But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots.
Mat 13:7 Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing.
Mat 13:8 But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 30 times more.
Mat 13:9 You people who hear me, listen! (ERV)

This parable starts out in Mat. 13:3 “A sower went forth to sow.” Jesus uses the employment of employment of a farmer here to describe the planting of a seed. The sower is the farmer or a person. This person can be you, me, or anyone we know or don’t know. What is being illustrated is the preaching of the gospel. The farmer places the seed within the ground to grow and bear fruit. When preaching the gospel we are planting seeds of God within people. The people become the ground we are planting in. The following verses after Mat. 13:3 describe the types of grounds or people the seeds are planted in and what happens to the seeds.
Mat. 13:4 says “Some seeds fell by the way-side.” Meaning that that seeds fell to the side where the farmer had not plowed up the dirt. These seed never were given a chance to be planted in the rich soil. An example of this is like a man walking down the street and looks to another walker and says “God is so Good.” The man and the other person keep on walking in different directions. The man had the seed in his hand. Yet he threw the seed to the wayside. He did not stop and explain to the other person why God is so Good. If the man would have had told the other person all good things come from God and had given scripture to back it up the seed would have been planted. After, the seed is thrown to the wayside the fowls of the air come along and eat it up. For the other person this means they may have given into temptation and evil. Had the man stopped and explained further another sinner may have been brought home and not lost to the fowls of the air.
Mat. 13:5 says that “ Some fell upon stony places.” When the farmer planted these seeds there was very little soil and the the ground was hard and rocky. In order for a plant to grow and bear fruit it has to be able to strike down a good root system. With the ground this way the seed would grow into a plant very quickly because there was no depth of soil. However, in verse 13:6 we learn that when the sun came up it scorched the plant and it died. I like to take personal accounts of seed planting with this scripture. Many times people take the word or seed of God into their hearts. Their heart being the field where the seed is planted, is hardened towards God. Many people blame God for the evil things of this world that causes them discomfort. Natural disasters are being blamed on God. It’s the will of God some say. Many bad things are blamed upon our God. These bad things cause us to become bitter and angry, which hardens our hearts. Once the heart is hardened then it is like the rocky soil. It’s best to remember that God is not evil. God is Love. Love conquers all things. Learn the love of God to unharden your heart towards him. If you do not when you read or plant a scripture or seed within yourself about peace, it will grow. Then it will be scorched and die. No one wants that, everyone wants to bear the fruit of peace.
Mat. 13:7 says “Some fell amongst thorns.” Well what thorns are spoken of here? Let’s think of our hearts as the fields where we are planting seeds. We are the farmer. When we read they scriptures we are planting the seeds within the field of our heart. A thorn could be anything evil. Remember, evil means anything that causes suffering. A thorn could be bitterness, unforgiveness, spite, sadness, depression, hate, anxiety, doubt, or anger. Anything that you have within yourself that prevents you to be happy, peaceful, or to feel love. When you have these things within you and you read the bible you plant seeds of faith, love, and peace. However, because of these thorns their choked out and the plants die. You turn from God because your not bearing fruit. You don’t feel peace continuously because your not getting rid of the thorns. Or asking God to remove the thorns. God is the perfect gardener and will help if you ask him.
Mat. 13:8 says that “Into good ground,” the seed was planted. The soil was rich and was not rocky or hard, was not full of thorns or weeds. It was properly taken care of. This is the type of soil we want to plant our seeds in is it not? Yes, of course it is. How do we get this soil? This clean field? Lets take a look at the farmer.
I live in Northern Michigan and my uncle was a farmer. Every year in the spring he’d get up before dawn to head out to work in the fields. We all did. To get the fields ready for planting. If there were any tree stumps they were ripped up. Every day my uncle would be out tilling up the fields on the tractor. The tilling made the soil soft and loosened up the rocks. He’d pay us kids 10 cents a rock we picked up in the field. We’d spend most of our days walking in the fields barefooted with a bucket collecting rocks. He did this cause he knew that the rocks would choke out the plants. He wanted the soil to be clear of anything that would prevent the seeds he planted from growing.
As Christians we to should follow the example of the farmer Jesus gave us. We need to look within the fields of our hearts and check out what type of soil we have. Also, we need to clear anything out that is not allowing our seeds to bear fruit. Is the soil of your heart hard? Pray and ask God to help you to remove all the debrie from your heart. To remove anything preventing his seeds of truth to grow. I believe God will do this for you. Be Blessed in Jesus name-Amen- Barbara

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