Sermon Title: Words and Seeds

(Matthew 13:1-9, Matthew 13:18-23)

Rev. Erik Kindem, July 16, 2017

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In our age, words are losing their meaning. They stream at us from Internet, TV and radio. Their sheer volume on social media overwhelms us. We are surrounded by words, but the greater their number the lesser their capacity for value and meaning.

The words we find in the mouth of Jesus are an antidote to all the trivial and empty words that pile up all around us.

Jesus—whom the New Testament calls THE WORD BECOME FLESH—used words to paint pictures. We call those word-pictures parables, and the 13th Chapter of Matthew is chock-full of them, beginning with today’s parable of the Sower.

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Matthew 13:1-9

13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (ESV)

Matthew 13:18-23

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (ESV)

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