Genesis 20,21,22; Luke 8
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.” (Luke 8:5)
“And He said, ‘To you, it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest, it is in parables, so that seeing, they may not see, and hearing, they may not understand’” (Luke 8:10). 2 verses later, He defines the meaning: “Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).
I am currently reminded that the “path” or the “road” was inherently made of the same dirt as the “good soil.” The only difference is that this section of dirt, or what they called a pathway, had become hard because it was the thoroughfare for foot traffic. It was hard simply by reason of use. Due to people using it to get to their fields, the soil has been trampled down. It was simply familiar ground.
Even coming to this passage, I decided to camp on it for a while because it had become “familiar ground” to me. The parable of the farmer and the seed …. It is easy to skip through this portion, not garnering anything new.
- “I’ve heard this before” … and I ramble through it, missing any fresh insights the Lord would offer. Having eyes, I do not see; having ears, I do not hear.
- “I heard this illustration before” … so we tune out and miss a new revelation that the Holy Spirit wanted to bring.
How often “familiar ground” blinds me. The first time I hear something, my curiosity is piqued. But the second time, I must intentionally and deliberately listen, searching for fresh insight. But we must always remember: “Second-hand gold is as valuable as new!”
So, coming to this passage, I reduced my speed and read it as if it were the first time.
Such riches! I began to understand the parable as never before! How important it is — how we listen to what God is saying! “Therefore, consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them” (Luke 8:18).
Father, I never want to trample on “familiar ground” and be deadened to new wine, new insights and the fresh wisdom You have to offer. Thank You for this parable. I will never, in a lifetime, be able to plumb the depth of its treasures. Keep Your Word as a rare treasure.
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