I have mentioned many times, both here and in various sermons, how many things about God, the Bible, . . . life, I got wrong when I was younger. Most of them happened when I was very much younger but I still run into things I need to unlearn these days.
This Sunday we are talking about another one of them. I don’t for a moment think anyone else struggles with this or any of the things I struggled with for that matter, but I am willing to talk about them just in case.
The telling of the Parable of the Sower, (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) is one of the few times Jesus interprets what he has said. In case this parable has slipped your mind it is the story of someone sowing seed. The seed(s) fall in various environments. Some of the seed fell on a path to be eaten by birds; some fell on rocky soil, germinated, but couldn’t grow; some fell on thorny grounds and the thorns choked the plants out; some fell on good soil and grew and produces many times the number of the seeds when harvested. Jesus then interprets the various soils, check the link above for the interpretation.
The thing that I got wrong when I was younger was misunderstanding the nature of sowing. I heard this parable as a singular and punctiliar event. The seed was sowed once and if you (as “seed”) fell on the path . . . that was it. You had your chance and missed it. This Sunday I am hoping I can help anyone who thought the same to see sowing as something happening again and again and again.
There is only one sermon this week and there will only be one next week as Knox is taking those Sundays off due to folks travelling. Also, my apologies if you were surprised at the lack of sermons and blog posts the last two weeks.
As always, thanks for reading and listening. I would be delighted to hear what you think about this or any sermon.