And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Jesus told them that if they did not get this parable, they wouldn’t get any of the others.
A parable is a natural story or principle that reveals a spiritual truth. Theres always a natural side and a spiritual side.
Mark 4:1-12 describes the different types of ground that the seed of God’s Word can go in.
The Word of God is an incorruptible seed. It always works.
1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
If you aren’t getting a harvest, it’s not because of the seed. It is because of the ground in your heart.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
God’s first established principle is that every seed will bring forth more of its own kind. Whatever you want more of in your life, plant more of that thing.
If you don’t like the harvest, change the seed you’re sowing.
It is not a coincidence that Jesus’ first parable was in regard to God’s first law.
If you think you can sow a seed and not reap the harvest, you are deceived.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
You will always harvest what you have sewn. If you don’t want it in your life, don’t sow it.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
We have to get in the mindset that even when we don’t have the harvest we want, we can recognize that we do have the seed… and thus, the ability to change the harvest.
Example: If you don’t have any friends, treat friendliness like a seed. Sow friendship by being a friend to others.
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
They asked for more faith and Jesus pointed them to the parable of sowing.
Whatever you want more of , start sowing it.
It violates spiritual principle to think you aren’t able to walk in the harvest of what you have sown. If you know you’ve sown it, expect that it will manifest in due time.
Once you start to understand the law of sowing and reaping, you will stop taking ownership of the things you know you did not sow. The enemy sows things in our lives too. As we learn to live by the principle of sowing and reaping, we will learn to reject the harvest of things we know we didn’t plant.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
With the same measure you are dishing out, you’ll reap it back… pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Sow God’s Word in your heart so that you can reap its harvest in your life.