A Ducky and a Horsey?

the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest

Matthew 13:23
Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10-14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23

One spring day, a gardener showed his neighbor a packet of seeds he had just purchased. The seed envelope pictured a beautiful array of exotic flowers. “I’m hoping this will be my best flower garden ever,” the man told his neighbor. A month later, the neighbor again stopped by and asked, “How’s your flower patch doing?”

“I’m sorry to say it hasn’t done very well,” the gardener replied. “That’s a shame. Was it bad soil? Pests? The hot weather?” the neighbor inquired. The man shook his head. “Then maybe your seed was the problem,” the neighbor suggested. “Yeah, I suppose the seed was the problem,” the man admitted. “You see, I never got around to planting it!”

Getting the seed into the ground can sometimes be the hardest part of growing things, especially in first-century Israel. In the days of Jesus, managing a meagre harvest from the land was a back-breaking struggle. The area itself was the first obstacle. Palestine is a hilly country,…

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