Matthew 13:21-25

Mat 13:21 (KJB)
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Since the root of the plant only goes down as far as the top of the rock plate, there is not sufficient strength to hold the plant. The Palm tree actually has roots which spreads out about 100 feet (30 meters) from the tree itself. This is why we see palm trees in hurricanes almost parallel to the ground and the tree itself does not snap and when the wind stops, it goes right back up to a perpendicular position. This type of person hears the Gospel and receives it with joy almost immediately because he likes what is being preached. Then when the acid test of true Christianity comes, that is, persecution, this brings an offense to the person and since they have not truly become saved, they will leave and not look back. The true Christian will endure the persecution because they have the Holy Spirit indwelling them which gives them the root which is based in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. (Col 2:7 KJV) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. The person who is unsaved will run from the persecution just as Demas did to Paul. (2 Tim 4:10 KJV) For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

Mat 13:22 (KJB)
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

This person hears the word of God but just as the thorns and briers which were present in the field that took nourishment away from the good plants, the cares of this world does the same to those who hear the Gospel and allows them to rule. This person may or may not be saved and is attempting to serve two masters. One cannot do that, you cannot serve Christ and the world because if you truly are saved, then the cares of this world will definitely choke out and overtake whatever Gospel they have. When a person is choking it is because something is caught in their throat, they are gasping for air to live. When a Christian is being choked by the cares of this world, then their spiritual lives are being choked and if the cares of the world and the riches continue to impinge upon the Christian, then their spiritual lives will become unfruitful for the Kingdom of God. There are many who become saved that still want to hang on to the world because they have a love for the world and for the materials they can gather to themselves. This creates a choking of the word, that is, they are unable to live their Christian lives because everything they do is overshadowed by their desire for more wealth and how to keep it. A double minded Christian is of no or little value to the Kingdom of God, simply because they run their Christian life so it does not interfere with their worldly life instead of the other way around.

Mat 13:23 (KJB)
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Then Jesus finally comes to the sown seeds that fell on good ground. The good ground are those who have been qualified to hear the Gospel and understand it. It is these people who are sold out to the Lord and desire to send forth the Gospel unto the ends of the earth and in the fulfillment of that task, they will reap 30, 60, or 100 fold. The reason the Lord gives three numbers is because not every Christian is going to have a ministry whereby many would become saved. Some Christians may have a ministry of teaching a Sunday school class of only a few but the impact he makes could be tremendous as he puts much into learning and then teaching. Some may have a medium sized ministry like a radio show or even some type of itinerant ministry where they yield a little more fruit. Then you will have those who have large ministries that reach millions and will yield much fruit. It must be realized that when a person is faithful in the ministry God gives them, whether it be small or large, God is the one who opens the hearts of those He plans to save. Those who have larger ministries are not on a better relationship status with the Lord than those that have small ministries. Can you imagine how long a house would stand if all the nails were taken out? The nails are part of what keeps the house standing and they are very small in comparison to the finished product, which is the house. (Zec 4:10 KJV) For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Mat 13:24 (KJB)
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

On the heels of His last parable about sowing seed, Jesus now introduces another parable within the same subject of sowing seed. However, in this parable Jesus brings in two new terms. He likens this manís sowing to the Kingdom of Heaven and what he is sowing is good seed. Jesus is speaking to His disciples and to the multitudes that there is nothing bad mixed in with the seeds that he is sowing. Right at the outset of this parable we know that it is a spiritual lesson because the Kingdom of Heaven is in view along with the good seed that emanates from it.

Mat 13:25 (KJB)
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Those who sowed the good seed were now asleep because of all the hard work they did. However, there is a spiritual lesson here to be learned. Since the man who owned the field had enemies and was cognizant of those enemies, he should have had men watching to make sure nothing was done to the freshly sown field. Now because no one was watching, the enemy was able to slip in unnoticed and plant his tares among the wheat and then escape. In fact in Rome, it was illegal to seek revenge upon someone in such a manner. The tares mentioned here was a plant known as bearded darnel which in its earliest stages of growth cannot be distinguished from the real wheat. So even for a short time after this attack, the tares will look like the real thing until it is too late and will begin to affect the wheat. This situation is what most churches suffer from. They will think they are safe from the attacks of the enemy and pretty soon the unbelievers with their false teachings will begin to affect the other believers.

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