Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Farming good soil and pearls on pigs - did we get Matthew 13 wrong?

 We've all heard the parable of the sower, and there has been so much discussion about this parable or metaphor, but I wonder if we've missed a very important point. No, it's not the point that the parable is about the soil, not the sower, although that is true. In fact, we've talked about the condition of the soil so often, we forgot about the farmer.

The only way I've heard this taught is that the sower or farmer is supposed to cast the seed everywhere, nonstop sharing the news, like a New York boy standing on the street with that little side-cocked hat, hawking papers, "Good news! Get your good news right here!" 

As if, we are supposed to witness to every single person because they might be the "one." I wish I could put a sound effect in right here: screeching tires.

(Whoa, ok for those like me who are saying, now wait, I've got to share my Good News - of course be yourself and share about your own experience anytime you're led to - I'm making another point here.) 

But, let's think about this. How many farmers do you know that walk around with a seed bag, or these days drive around a huge seed planter, and just willy-nilly drop seed everywhere they go, assuming at least some of the time, the soil is going to be receptive and fertile and they will get a crop that may even be, heaven be praised, a hundred fold? 

Is that like farming lottery? How does that make sense? I hope this person wants to hear my good news, I pray someone's heart was ready...

A farmer cannot afford to waste valuable seed, or her valuable time and resources tossing seed into the wind and hoping it lands somewhere. How could they reap a harvest if they have no idea where and which seed grew, if they keep moving along tossing out kernels here, there and everywhere?

A good farmer chooses the land where he intends to spend time investing seed. She then prepares the soil, adding nutrients and paying attention to the season, so that when the seed is planted it has the best opportunity to grow. 

A good farmer pays attention to the planted field from then on, nurturing and caring for its needs so it has the best chance possible to produce successfully. 

When the produce is fully ripe and ready to be gathered in, the farmer is there, protecting it, and rejoicing in how much has been gained. A good farmer has a relationship of care and concern for the land, the soil (you get it that this means people, right?)

So, may be stop throwing your pearls of wisdom and hope on closed minds and ears and focus on developing relationships with people who might, then, actually be interested in what you have to say. Mary Kay Ash said people don't care about what you have to say until they believe you care about their needs.

Matthew 7:6 “Who would hang earrings on a dog’s ear or throw pearls in front of wild pigs? They’ll only trample them under their feet and then turn around and tear you to pieces! 

(As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “Don’t let the dogs have consecrated [holy] meat.” The Aramaic word for “earrings” is almost identical to the word for “holy.” Earrings and pearls are symbols of spiritual truths given to us by God. They give us beautiful “ears” to hear his voice and impart lovely pearls of wisdom, which are not to be regarded lightly or shared with those who have their hearts closed. The Aramaic word for “throw” is almost identical to the word for “to instruct” or “to teach.” The value of wisdom is not appreciated by those who have no ears to hear it. TPT footnote e)

So read the parable of the sower, or soil, one more time as translated from the Aramaic, and see if you get one more harvest of insight, in a new way:

Matthew 13:3- 12 (TPT)

He  taught  them  many  things  by  using  stories,  parables  that  would  illustrate  spiritual  truths,  


“Consider  this:  There  was  a  farmer  who  went  out  to  sow  seeds. As  he  cast  his  seeds,  some  fell  

along  the  beaten  path  and  the  birds  came  and  ate  them. Other  seeds  fell  onto  gravel  that  had  

no  topsoil.  The  seeds  quickly  shot  up, but  when  the  days  grew  hot,  the  sprouts  were  scorched  

and withered because they had insufficient roots. Other seeds fell among the thorns and weeds, so  when  the  seeds  sprouted,  so  did the  weeds,  crowding  out  the  good  plants.

But  other  seeds fell  on  good,  rich  soil  that  kept  producing  a  good  harvest.  Some  yielded  thirty,  some  sixty,  and some even one hundred times as much as he planted! If you’re able to understand this, then you need to respond.”

Then  his  disciples  approached  Jesus  and  asked,  “Why  do  you  always  speak  to  people  in  these  

hard-to-understand parables?”

He  explained,  “You’ve  been  given  the  intimate  experience  of  insight  into  the  hidden  truths  and  

mysteries of the realm of heaven’s kingdom, but they have not. For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelation until  he  has  more  than  enough. But  those who  don’t  listen  with  an  open,  teachable  heart,  even  the  understanding  that  they  think  they have will be taken from them.

Find open, teachable hearts, and sow your precious Good News there. Invest in the lives of those who know they need help, love, caring for, and you'll find good soil that will produce a harvest, a person who will become a loving farmer themselves and this is how you change the world for good.

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