Sunday we continue our walk through some of the wisdom literature of the Bible, drawing from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, in our series Timeless Wisdom.
In the first Psalm, we read that those who “love the Lord’s Instruction” are “like a tree replanted by streams of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don’t fade.” This is one of the many places in the Bible where the prominent image has to do with where and how deep our roots are. A few months ago we focused on another of those places when we considered what the letter to the Ephesians meant by “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17).
Jesus told a parable that is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke that is generally called “The Parable of the Sower.” It’s an appropriate title because God is the sower in the parable, sowing seeds of grace, seeds of love, seeds of the kingdom. But another name for the parable could be “The Parable of the Soils” because the focus of Jesus’ parable is really on the different kinds of soil on which the seed falls. It has to do with being attentive, open, receptive, persistent, committed, disciplined, and focused. If we are to be rooted in a deep way in God’s love and grace and in our following of Jesus, then these ways of being matter a great deal.
Jesus ends the parable with these words: “Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!” We’ll listen more carefully to this timeless wisdom in our sanctuary services this week.
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!
Grace and Peace,
Psalm 1:1-3 Common English Bible (CEB)
The truly happy person doesn’t follow wicked advice, doesn’t stand on the road of sinners, and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful. Instead of doing those things, these persons love the Lord’s Instruction, and they recite God’s Instruction day and night! They are like a tree replanted by streams of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don’t fade. Whatever they do succeeds.
Mark 4:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus began to teach beside the lake again. Such a large crowd gathered that he climbed into a boat there on the lake. He sat in the boat while the whole crowd was nearby on the shore. He said many things to them in parables. While teaching them, he said, “Listen to this! A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path; and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it scorched the plants; and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked the seeds, and they produced nothing. Other seed fell into good soil and bore fruit. Upon growing and increasing, the seed produced in one case a yield of thirty to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of one hundred to one.” He said, “Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!”