(Mark 4:13-15) And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word [of God]. And these are they by the way side [Gk: road side] [the side of the road], where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan [the fowls, the wicked one, the fowls of the air, the devil] cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts [“lest they should believe and be saved” Luke 8:12].
(Mark 4:16,17) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony [Gk: rocky] ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness [Gk: cheerfulness, delight: joy]; And have no root in themselves, and so endure [the presence of the Word of God, Jesus Christ: John 1:14] but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution [by people and by fallen angels, demons] ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended [“and in time of temptation fall away” Luke 8:13].
(Mark 4:18,19) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches [demons inside us and inside other people lie and deceive us by waving riches in front of us as the key to happiness], and the lusts of other things [wine, women, and song, etc.] entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful [Gk: barren, without fruit].
(Mark 4:20) And these are they
which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring
forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Unquestionably, God’s intention is for the born-again child of God to
be field-trained to learn to think and act like Him, like Father
God, not immediately, but progressively as the child (stem of wheat) grows up
and matures from babe to adult (1). Father God is “the husbandman” (2).
“The seed is the word of God” (3) which is sown into the field
of your heart. The Spiritual Farmer first prepares the field for
the planting of a good crop of godly thoughts, by removing
as many stones and thorns (evil thoughts) as feasibly possible. By analogy,
preparing the field for planting is like training recruits in a military boot
camp wherein those in authority initially strip you and shave you
of all your old covering, discarding all the old worthless (syn: valueless,
useless, rubbish) “baggage,” and then seed you with new clothes
and new thoughts, i.e., a new outer covering and a new inner filling.
In the Old Testament the new outer covering was typified by the
metal gold, representing the purity of God, as exemplified in the table
of showbread, the golden candlestick, altar of incense, ark of the covenant, and
the mercy seat. In the New Testament the new outer covering is symbolized
by both the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and the white robe of righteousness. In
the Old Testament the new inner filling was typified and foreshadowed by manna
(Jesus Christ) from heaven, and water (the Holy Spirit) from the Rock
which figuratively followed the Israelites in the wilderness (1 Cor 10:3,4),
both of which filled temporarily, but neither of which were permanent. In
the New Testament the new inner filling is the fulfillment or antitype of
both the Old Testament typifications of manna and water, namely, the
thoughts of God, which are permanent and eternal (4) revelations.
(Prov 22:6) Train up a
child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart
(John 15:1) I [Jesus
Christ] am the true vine, and my Father is
the husbandman [Gk: farmer].
(Luke 8:11) Now the parable
is this: The seed is the word of God.
4. (Rom 11:29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance [Gk: irrevocable].
In the field of your heart-mind, stony ground “strong holds” (2
Cor 10:4) and among thorns represent evil thoughts, fallen angels,
but how does one remove evil thoughts, fallen angels, from the mind??
We don’t, God does. However, one must be willing to intelligently reconsider
one’s existing thoughts in the light of the authority of new evidence,
that is, in the illuminating Light of God’s Word, God’s good thoughts,
God’s Holy thoughts, the Holy Bible (1). One must willingly take in God’s
good Holy angels, God’s new thoughts, through the eye and ear gates, and
then assimilate, embrace, and integrate the new thoughts in harmonious
agreement and accord with the higher thoughts of the God (2), by
either correcting or discarding altogether the old evil thoughts, and
thereby to think differently about all things, as a new
creature in Christ Jesus, to think like Christ Jesus, to think like God, i.e., no
fallen angels in heaven; ultimately, no fallen angels in you.
(Psa 119:105) NUN. Thy
word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
(Isa 55:6-9) Seek ye the
LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked
forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [forsake]
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will
have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts [higher]
than your thoughts.
The ministry of John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Jesus Christ (1),
is the ministry of repentance (2) to prepare us for the
salvation of the Lord. Repentance comes before salvation, like plowing the
field to break up the ground comes before planting the seed. Repentance
precedes salvation, and is effected through the EXTERNAL convicting
pressure of the Holy Spirit who is physically symbolized by the water pressure
in the air which completely surrounds us. As we hear the word of God, the
spiritual pressure of the Holy Spirit urges us to reconsider our
thoughts, and start to think differently in compliance and
conformity with God’s thoughts, about the removal of the more perceptible
stones or thorns resident in our mind, which are the physical representations of
our sinful thoughts.
(Mal 3:1) Behold, I will
send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the
Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger
of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the
LORD of hosts.
repentance = Gk: to think differently, to reconsider.
All evil thoughts originate from Lucifer-Satan. His evil thoughts
“enter in” (1) to us through our eye and ear gates in the form of
messages, both pictorial and wordage. Stony ground strong holds, castles,
fortresses, are composites or companies of thoughts; thorns are individual
thoughts. Messages are thoughts sent into us, either by God or Satan. Evil
messages are the fruit of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil seeded within the battle-field of our mind. Satan’s army
of messengers are the fruits-seeds of that evil tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, which we call fallen angels, fruit that has fallen
from that tree, unclean spirits, devils, and demons. God’s Army of messengers
are the fruit of the Tree of Life known by us as
God’s Holy angels (2,3).
(Mark 4:18,19) And these are
they [Words] which are sown among
thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares [Gk:
distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts
of other things entering in [to you],
choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful [Gk: baren: without
angel = Heb: mal'ak, mal-awk';
meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; spec. of God, i.e. an angel
(also a prophet, priest or teacher):--ambassador, angel, king, messenger.
angel = Gk: aggelos, ang'-el-os;
(to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a