I am working on my newest art project. I heard Joseph Prince teach on the Parable of the Sower a few weeks ago. It was very good as all his teachings are. He pulled out truths from all three of the gospel accounts. I want to illustrate the truths with photos on the kid’s bathroom wall. The things that stood out to me were:
1) This parable is the key to all the other parables. (Mark 4:13)
2) If you don’t understand the Word, hold on to it, listen again. The Devil is anxiously waiting to pounce and steal it from you because he knows what kind of fruit it can produce.
3) Trouble and persecution come BECAUSE of the Word. When they come, hold on to it tight.. it will develop good character in you. Don’t be deceived into thinking that it’s not worth it or that God’s word isn’t true. Even when it doesn’t look like it, it is. “Did God say?” is the Devil’s line. Our line is “God’s word says,..”
4) The fruit comes through perseverance. (Luke 8:15) And sometimes gradually; first 30 then eventually 100 fold.
Here are the words I am using for art.
As a farmer was sowing his seed, some fell on a footpath
and were trampled on and the birds come and ate them up.
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes immediately and snatches away what was sown in his heart,
so that he may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil; they sprang up quickly, but when the sun came up the plants were scorched, and withered away because they didn’t have deep roots.
Those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy,
yet have no depth of character (firm root) in themselves,
last only a short time.
When trouble or persecution comes because of the word,
they quickly fall away. Mark 4:13
Other seeds fell among thorns that
grew up and choked out the tender plants.
Those who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed by worries
about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get.
The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it. Mark 8:19
Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced
a crop that was thirty, sixty,
and even a hundred times as much as was planted.
The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear, understand,
and embrace God’s word and through perseverance produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as was planted! Matthew 13:23
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.