|"And as he sowed, some seed fell beside the way, and it was trampled|
underfoot, and the birds of heaven devoured it." Luke 8:5
|"And other seed fell on the rock, and as it grew, it |
withered because it had no moisture." Luke 8:6
I pointed out to him that out by my compost bins were a lot of dandelions. I told him that if a seed landed in there, it wouldn't get enough light or food, the weeds would crowd it out so it would die. Mark 4:19 says the thorns are the anxieties of life or all the cares that rob us of the time that we could be spending getting spiritually nourished.
|"And other seed fell in the midst of thorns, and the thorns|
grew with it and choked it off. " Luke 8:7
That evening we were sitting at the dining table that looks out on the backyard, and because we live in the Northwest, my yard is full of flowering bushes, flowers, and my small garden. So I told him if a seed landed out there, it would grow because that's good ground. This is a picture of the calendula flowers that are part of the border that goes around my garden. I like the footnote in Mark 4:28: "...the good earth (v. 8) signifying the good heart that was created by God (Gen. 1:31) so that His divine life can grow in man. Such a good heart works together with the seed of the divine life sown into it, allowing the seed to grow and bear fruit spontaneously for the expression of God...."
|And other seed fell into the good earth, and when it grew,|
it produced fruit a hundredfold...." Luke 8:8