The Parable of the Sower and Jude
The Parable of the Sower is a favorite parable and part of this is because Jesus
explains it. You don’t have to worry about various meanings because Jesus tells the disciples exactly what He wanted them/us to know and see in it. He clearly states that the Word will land on four types of people. As I said in Job’s Friends that the majority of the seed lands in the field and those people will produce a good crop. The Word also lands on other people and it does grow in two of the three of them it just does not produce a good crop.
In the Book of Jude, the half brother of Jesus, takes time to warn the people to beware of men/leaders who are there for their own benefit and are hurting people. Jude names Cain, Balaam, and Korah as the types and shadows of these men.
Cain, the first-born child, is the type of the natural man who is jealous and anger and is willing to kill the spiritual. He is the “pathway” where the Seed could not grow. Think about what he had thought; he could talk with and hear God. It may have been that he saw God, yet it did no good because as it says in 1 John 3: 11 – 12, “ His actions were evil and he belonged to the evil one.” This happened because he refused to master sin (Genesis 4:7). So the “way of Cain” is to kill the spiritual so you do not have to face your actions.
Balaam, a mystic in Numbers 22, is an example of the “rocky ground.” He called God Lord (see Lord My God) and seemed to want to do His will but he had no root even though people recognized the Abrahamic covenant working in him. His error was that he used his knowledge of the spiritual to make a financial profit. He counseled Moab to have Israel sin sexually so that they would not be holy and out from the covering of the Lord’s blessing.
Korah, a Levite in Numbers 16, is the soil with the “weeds.” This area is on the edges of the field and it is possible for it to produce fruit but it has problems that mess up its full potential. (see Seeds) His rebellion was against God’s earthly authority and thinking he could do someone else’s job and that God would bless him. Part of his family did go on to serve as musicians so good did come from the family.
Luke 8:1–15, Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:2-23
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