January 29 – Chronological Gospels
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Parable of the Sower
8 After 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, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
4 While 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 ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still 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, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He 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;
How To Produce a Crop | Becky Newman
These verses are from Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower. Jesus would teach in parables for a reason, as my Bible notes say, to separate the genuine seeker from the indifferent listener. With parables, we have to seek God in discovering its meaning. Lucky for us, Jesus gives his disciples the meaning of this parable, and it’s recorded in the gospels for us who seek Him by reading His Word. It’s important to note that each seed that was scattered, regardless of where it was thrown, faced hardship, and what happened in the hardship is whether it grew to produce the blessing of a crop or not.
Verse 14 is a good list of distractions that can keep me from growing closer to You — worry, money, pleasure. They show weakness in my trust, faith, and surrender of my life to You and will keep me from obeying Your will for me. I want to be the good soil, but producing a good crop is determined by how I respond to hardship. Will I worry and stress and eat lots of chocolate, or will I turn to Your Word and prayer and persevere with Your strength? This is important to remember as I pray for my family and others to grow too.
Lord, I pray that we would not be stuck among the thorns. Please help us pull each thorn bush out by the roots so that we may focus on You in the good and bad, and by focusing on You, persevere to the end, with the blessing of an abundant crop.
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