5. SOME SEED FELL ON HARD TRODDEN DOWN TRACKS.
In the natural, when a sower scattered seed, some of the seed fell on the hard trodden down tracks that the farmer and his workers would have walked on when tending the plants. This seed would not be taken into the soil and the birds would have quickly snatched the seed away. This seed is likened to a person who hears the gospel of the kingdom but does not understand it, and the birds are likened to the devil (or evil spirits) that quickly snatch the seed away before it can take root in their heart.
There are two reasons why these seeds did not take root.
1: The ground had not been prepared to receive the seed.
From this we learn, there is often a need for us to prepare the ground by breaking it up and softening it before we sow the seed. The main reason why preachers preach the word of God before calling people to repentance, is so the soil of the peoples hearts will be first broken up and prepared by the preaching of word, before the seed of the gospel is planted in their hearts.
For example; when people would not receive healing through lack of faith; Jesus Christ sent the disciples out to preach the gospel and heal the sick (Mark 6:1 – 6 & Luke 9:1 – 6). Why? Because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). In the Great Commission we are first commanded to preach the gospel. Then it says the disciples “went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20). When we preach the gospel we implant faith into those who hear the word, thus preparing their hearts to receive the gospel.
Another way to prepare peoples hearts for the receiving the gospel, is by we Christians showing love and kindness to our friends, our neighbors and those with whom we meet at school, at work or play; always being prepared to share with them the reason for our faith in Christ Jesus (I Peter 3:15). When people know you love them and that they can trust you, they will listen to you.
In 2nd Kings Chapter 5, we are told of a slave girl who waited on the wife of Naaman, the commander of the army of the king of Syria. Just a slave girl, but because she showed love and concern for her master who was a leper, both her master and the king of Syria heard and believed the gospel and Naaman was healed of his leprosy.
Firstly: Love was shown.
Secondly: The gospel was preached.
Thirdly: Faith to believe came by the hearing of the word.
Fourthly: Healing and salvation followed the preaching of the word.
2: The Devil stole the word away before it took root.
From this we learn, we are at war with the devil, and we are fighting for the souls of man. If we are to be successful in freeing souls from the kingdom of darkness and translating them into the kingdom of heaven, we need to know our enemy and how to effectively use the weapons of our warfare.
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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