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Mark 4:3 – “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed…”
When Jesus explains the parable he says – “The farmer sows the word (Mark 4:14).”
I never noticed this before. I always assumed the farmer only sowed seed. He doesn’t sow the seed alone – he also sows the word. In Jesus’ explanation of the parable the word becomes what is sown on the seed that has already been sown on the ground. Mark 4:15 – “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown…” First the people are sown and then the word is sown to the people on their various types of soil.
The farmer is no respecter of soil types. He sows everywhere. He doesn’t stop and say “there’s a path. I don’t want to waste any seed” or “there are some thorns – I will not sow there. I will only go over here to the good soil and sow there.” He sows the seed everywhere. You never know how many of the seeds will sprout even though the soil is ideal. God is generous in where He sows. The only bottle neck to the process is us. Let us reach out to people as a farmer sowing seed – generously. We have enough people in our churches who are bearing fruit who were not “good soil” Christians starting out to remind us to be generous with the word of God.