Reading: Matthew 13: 1-9
Verses 3 and 9: A farmer went out to sow his seed… He who has ears, let him hear.
The parable of the sower is very familiar. Most folks who have been Christians very long have read it as they’ve read their Bibles or have heard it discussed in a sermon or small group study. But what about those who heard it sitting by the lake, directly from Jesus? For many of them there, the answer is the same as it would be for someone encountering the parable for the first time today. It is about what Jesus began with: “A farmer went out to sow his seed”. On this level it kinda makes sense. Poor soil yields a poor crop and good soil yields a good crop. But the middle soils and the widely varying yields?
Jesus concludes with, “He who has ears, let him hear”. The people who are really listening and searching for meaning in the words of Jesus will be able to hear what He is trying to tell them. Others will only hear His words and walk away shrugging their shoulders. I think this is one reason Jesus spoke in parables. It applies today as well. For those seeking meaning for their faith and application for their lives, there is much to learn from the parables. But we too must have ears to hear. A second reason I think Jesus spoke in parables is because they connect earthly things that all people can understand and relate to with heavenly things that require a little more time and effort on our part to fully grasp and then live into.
Sometimes when we read or hear a parable, we too may scratch our heads a bit. But let us not leave it there. Go to a commentary or some other resource. Discuss it with a friend or your pastor or with your small group. Pray for discernment and guidance. Every word that Jesus spoke has relevance and meaning for our walk of faith. Let the one who has ears hear Jesus’ message today.