Updated: Jul 24, 2020
As we continue on this journey together, we now want to look at what happens as we read the Bible. This is important because often as people begin to read the Bible, they stop reading because they feel like nothing is happening and that nothing makes sense. For this reason, we want to take the next few days to explain the parable of the sower to you and to assure that this is normal and everyone experiences this. Don’t quit, keep going!
Jesus often taught in parables and the first parable is the parable of the sower. Conveniently, Jesus also happens to explain this parable to us. It is important that we understand this particular parable because it explains what is happening in our hearts as we read the Word as well as when we hear it and share it. For this reason, let’s take a closer look. Read Mark 4:1-25
First, let’s just look at the basics of the parable. In verse 14, Jesus says, "the sower sows the word." This means that the Word is the seed. Seeds are small, they are not big but they go down into the ground and bear fruit. Next, we have the 4 different kinds of soil. In verse 15, Jesus says that the word is sown in the heart. Therefore, Jesus is stating that the 4 different soils He mentions are 4 different states of the heart. This means as you read the Word, there are 4 possible places that your heart can be as you receive it. Over the next couple days we will take a closer look at the soils.
Method #5 for Bible Reading
1- Before you read the Bible, pause for a minute and pray. Ask God to speak to you and to increase your love for Him and your knowledge of Him as you read.
2- Read the Bible with pen and paper. Read it slowly verse by verse. When a verse or a phrase sticks out to you stop, write it down and write down what is coming to mind and heart about it.
3- Once you are finished writing, pick up where you left and continue to stop and write when things stick out to you or begin to make sense to you.
4- Thank God for what He showed you today and pray it for yourself and those around you.