2017.) Luke 8:1-25

“The Sower: Outskirts of Arles in the Background” by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888 (The Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles)

Luke 8:1-25 (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5“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 of the air ate it up. 6Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

9His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
” ‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’

Lord, let my heart be good soil.

11“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

Proverbs 30:5 (NLT)

Every word of God proves true.
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.

12Those 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. 13Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

from Edges of His Ways, by Amy Carmichael:

And bring forth fruit with patience.   —Luke 8:15

The words of our Lord are rich, and out of these words one evening another meaning came to me which I had not understood before. It seemed to me that we are all continually being given chances to bring forth fruit with patience. Those who are ill long to be fit and in full work; and yet to long impatiently only hinders and depresses, whereas in patience is continued fruitfulness. All soul-winners and soul-tenders are given this same opportunity as they give themselves to help others, for souls cannot be hustled. When you feel as if you had come to the end of your patience do not scourge yourself. Patience never came that way. Go to the One Who is the God of patience and consolation, and He will renew you in patience.

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Music:

HERE  is a cute re-telling of this story! “Four Little Seeds” — the parable of the Sower.

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A Lamp on a Stand

luke-8-shine

Matthew 5:16   (CEV)

Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.

16“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

19Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”

21He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”

Jesus Calms the Storm

22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

Psalm 71:3 (NKJV)

Be my strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
You have given the commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

We know what it is like to be buffeted. We know what it is like to have no control. We know situations where only the divine can intervene. We still cry, ‘Lord, save us!

And Jesus still says, “Peace, be still,” and brings us through the storms.

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Music:

Music for a stormy time!  HERE  is Anne Murray and “Put Your Hand in the Hand (of the Man who stilled the water).”

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
Van Gogh.    http://www.vangoghgallery.com/catalog/Painting/505/Sower:-Outskirts-of-Arles-in-the-Background,-The.html
hands holding a seedling.    http://bluemoonacres.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/soil_photo1.jpg
chicken cartoon.    http://www.savagechickens.com/images/chickenpatience.jpg
light shining.   http://adl-lightbulbs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/light-bulb-2014.png
He Qi.    http://artbible.net/3JC/-Mat-08,23-He%20calms%20a%20storm_Il%20calme%20une%20tempete/21%20HE%20QI%20NATIVITY%20PEACE%20BE%20STILL.jpg
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