By: Robert Hunt – 6/17/2017
The parable of the Sower is much different than most other parables. And like many other scriptures, sometimes we can get a much deeper meaning when the Holy Spirit reveals some of the deeper hidden truths. In the parable of the sower below, the Lord shows the condition of the heart of all those who hear the gospel, by relating four different types of ground in which the seeds were planted. These show four different types of people and how each one receives His message; but what’s really interesting about this particular parable is that when you look deeper into it, you can also see the end results. Christ gave His disciple’s the interpretation of how each type of ground receives the seeds when they are first planted, but we can also go deeper by viewing the harvest that each type of ground produces.
The Parable of the Sower
Mark 4:1-20 – “Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,
“they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
Christ spoke in parables so that unbelievers would not be able to understand what He was saying. His disciples couldn’t understand them either, because they had not received the Holy Spirit yet. So He told them the meaning of this parable later, when He was alone with them. Interestingly, in this particular parable, He also said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” which is our clue that there is something deeper here, a hidden meaning to understand, even though the first part or the surface truth has already been interpreted by Christ, Himself.
In most of the other parables, though, the interpretations were not even given. It seems as though Christ has left some parables for us, or those that were not present in the first century. And unlike His disciple’s then, today we are equipped with the Holy Spirit to help us spiritually discern them. If we really want to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, we’ve got to dig deeper, under the surface.
What Christ is showing us in the parable of the sower, is all of the different types of people there are in this world, and how they receive His Word or gospel. Interestingly, everyone that has ever lived on this earth fits into one of the four categories He listed in this parable. Under the surface, His description of the subjects in this parable also provides a very telling glimpse of how they will end up in the end. Below I’ve listed all four places where He sowed His seed, and I have related them to all of the people in the world and how they will end up when the crop fully matures, when Christ returns to reap His harvest.
First, notice that all unbelievers fit into category one (along the path). But what’s most interesting is that all three of the other categories (two, three, and four) are some type of believer in Christ, as they all welcomed the gospel at first. This tells us that they received Christ’s offer of salvation, which is a free gift that no one can take away. This is eternal security, as Christ said that He will not lose one of those His Father gave Him (John 10:28-29). However, they must still be judged and rewarded for the works they’ve done since receiving Christ (2 Cor. 5:10, Matt. 16:27, Rev. 22:12). We can see all three types of believer and their rewards in this parable, and the unbeliever as well. And I must say, this is a very sobering view of the three types of believer, and how they will be judged and rewarded when the Lord returns.
Seed Sown and its Position in the End
1. Along the path: hates the truth [unbeliever] takes the mark of the beast (goat)
2. On rocky places: weak faith [falls away] must try to survive / poor in spirit (sheep)
3. Among thorns: unfruitful [lukewarm] left behind, repents & refuses to take the mark (martyr)
4. On good soil: fruitful [disciple] will stand before the Son of man (rapture/wedding supper)
Seed sown along the path: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
– 2 Thessalonians 2:10–12
Seed sown on rocky places: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
– 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Seed sown among thorns: “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”
– Luke 21:34
Seed sown on good soil: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
– Revelation 3:10–11
One final thing I’d like to note is that I believe the translators got the last verse in this parable wrong. I believe they missed a very powerful clue. After describing all of the places the seed was sown, Christ added what appears to me as an after-thought or a short summary, when he said, “– some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Yet the translators seem to think He was applying that after-thought to only the seed that was sown on the good soil. Could it be that He was referring to different rewards for the three different types of believer? This makes perfect sense to me. The good soil will produce 100 percent. The seed sown among thorns will produce 60 percent, as the thorns will choke much of the crop, making it less fruitful. The seed sown on rocky places will produce only 30 percent. And naturally, the seed sown on the path will produce nothing, as unbelievers are in for a rude awakening when the Lord returns.
Matthew 13:33 (KJV) – “Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”
This parable actually confirms my new “Readiness Rapture Theory.” It’s a brand new revelation, which reveals the three (3) different rewards (cold, hot & lukewarm) believer’s will receive when Christ returns. If you’re searching for a theory that fills in the blanks and plugs the holes left in other rapture theories, you can read about it here:
The Readiness Rapture Theory originates from my book, “Who Will Be Ready When The Trumpet Sounds?,” which is no longer in print. However, there is a new digital eBook available on Kindle:
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