As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another. Proverbs 27:17
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better.
FERVENT PRAYER by Robert
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me. Phillippians 4:12-13
Precious Father as our spiritual eyes are opened to the actual condition of the world, we are passing through and encounter, those who cross our path as we Spiritually journey. I Would ask Lord for your guidance, strength discernment and understanding to be a part of the leadership role being placed in the lives of those doing your bidding and work. Make those with your knowledge, spiritual warriors for the spreading of your Father’s compassion grace and forgiveness to all in this darkened world. This I pray in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The whole thing turns on the distinction between earnest inquirers and careless hearers. There must have been many of the latter in His audience, for this was no selected company, like that which listened to the Sermon on the Mount. The earnest inquirer has ears to hear; the other has not. The difference this makes is most strikingly set forth in the strong declaration: “Whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath,”-that is, instead of being the better for what he has heard, he is the worse; not apprehending the truth, he is only perplexed and confused by it, and instead of going away enriched, he is poorer than ever.
Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so many pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully.
So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word if we take not care to keep it.
Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer’s privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance.
But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well-armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Hebrews 6:8.
Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness.
By this true Believers are distinguished from hypocrites. Yeshua does not say that this good ground has no stones in it or no thorns, but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God’s word, and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.