The 1961 Jaguar E-Type. I’m not motorhead, but this is a car that anyone can appreciate. It’s got the looks. It’s derived from a professional racing car, so it’s got the speed. And when it came out, it was even easy on your wallet (comparatively). If you owned one of these, the worst thing you could do to it would be to try to improve it. It can’t be done.
In Matthew 13, we come to a key feature of Jesus’ teaching: parables. Jesus is an expert in their use. The first parable recorded here (the one we are examining today), is commonly known as the Sower. Jesus displays his expertise in not over explaining a parable. The listener must do the heavy lifting of putting the story into their own life. And so to avoid the risk of ruining it for you, I’m just going to let you read it here without further commentary:
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was hallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Lord, I hear you. Open my ears to understand.