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The Word which gives life

Luke 8:4-15

Pastor David Ernst

Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Feb 20, 2022 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Word of God has the power to quicken in our hearts the recognition of the need of the Savior and the reason to hear more of the message of salvation. In the book of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 55:10-11), the Lord says this: Because as rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there, but fill the earth and make it germinate and produce and gives seed to him who sows, and bread to him who eats; so will be my word that comes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty, rather it will do what I want, and it will prosper in that for which I sent it. Which means, the Word is like the rain that feeds the harvest.

In our gospel for today, the Lord makes the comparison between the Word and the seed sown in the field. The image is that of a sower scattering seeds across the field, each year with new diligence and hope. The first point of the parable of the sower is that the preachers must preach the Word in all parts of the world, which is the harvest field for the church. No matter the variation in the fruits, they must preach the Word.

One who sowed went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and was trodden down; and the birds of the sky ate it. And another part fell on the stone; and born, it withered, because it had no moisture. And another part fell among the thorns; and the thorns growing together, they choked her. And another part fell on good ground, and when it was born, it bore fruit a hundredfold.

Only the seed that fell on good soil fulfilled the farmer's hopes; it grew, not just in leaves, but into heads that filled with grain and matured with rich yields, up to a hundred times more.

It seems clear and simple, right? However, after telling this parable, Jesus added a word of warning. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear. "And then He said to his disciples: "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to others by parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand."

For those who do not believe in Jesus, this parable only speaks of God's judgment against those who reject the Word of God. But, for those with hearts enlightened by the Holy Spirit, there is the promise that the Word always gives life and produces fruit in their lives. Only the last class of hearers, in whose case the seed of the Word falls into hearts duly prepared by the preaching of the Law, are of value in the kingdom of God. There the meekness of self-knowledge is replaced by the nobility and generosity of the regenerated soul. The Word they hear they also keep; they cling firmly to its glory and power, and thus are enabled to produce fruits pleasing to God, with all perseverance.

In this promise, we have the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.

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