Matthew 13:10-13 KJV, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”
EG White, SOP Vol 2, 1877, Pp 235-236, “His followers were mortified that the learned and wealthy were not the most willing to accept Jesus as their. Saviour. They felt the stigma that attached to their Master, because it was the poor, the afflicted, and the humbler class generally, who became his disciples. Why, they asked themselves, did not the scribes and Pharisees, the teachers in the schools of the prophets, acknowledge that he was the long-looked-for Messiah? It was to meet this doubt and discontent that Jesus spoke this parable. When the multitude had departed, the twelve with the other believers gathered about him, and asked him to explain it to them.”
“The Pharisees understood the parable, but affected not to perceive its meaning. They closed their eyes lest they should see and their ears lest they should hear; therefore their hearts could not be reached. They were to suffer retribution for their willful ignorance and self-imposed blindness. One reason why he taught so much in parables was that the spies of the Jews were ever watching to find cause for complaint against him. Jesus designed to expose their hypocrisy and evil deeds without laying himself liable to the danger of being arrested and imprisoned by them, and thus cut off from the work which he came to do among the people.”
Matthew 13:18 KJV, “ Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.”
The Sower-Jesus Christ, the Son of God, scatters the seeds.
The Seed-The Gospel of the Son of God.
Soil- Represents the human heart.
1 Wayside soil- The worldly ones. Follow natural inclinations. Satan tempts them and good resolutions vanished.
2 Stony soil-Appears to be consistent Christians. Likes smooth life. Cannot endure reproach and self denial.
3 Thorny soil-Lovers of riches. Becomes unfruitful Christians.
4 Good soil-Fruitful Christians. Cultivates the truth and shares it to others.
EG White, SOP Vol 2, 1877, p. 241, “Thus Christ represents the characters of those
whom he came to teach, in a brief and comprehensive parable. The worldly-minded, the evil disposed, the hard-hearted, are all exhibited to the minds of his hearers. He thus answers the question that we often hear today: Why was the work of Christ productive of such meager results, during his personal ministry upon earth? Miracles of goodness and mercy marked his life; but while he healed the afflicted, and cast out the demons that persecuted men, he left to themselves the work of correcting the evils of their natures. He instructed them how to unite their human efforts with his divine power, and triumph through his strength over the sins that beset them.”
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above.”
Christ, the Son of God, I give my heart to You. And may our Father in Heaven be glorified!
Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.