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Invasion of the Word Snatchers

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Becoming fruitful by hearing and receiving the word of God

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The Parables of Jesus

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There are only six parables (out of 46+) that all three Matthew, Mark & Luke write about...
They each captured the story of a sower, the seed and four types of receivers (soil)
Luke 8:4-8
Luke 8:4–8 NKJV
And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Luke 8:11–15 NKJV
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Invasion of the Word Snatchers

Some of the background...
we see four groups of people
we see the writers speaking to our full potential
- a hundredfold
- thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold
- a hundredfold, sixtyfold, thirtyfold
The Seed is the Word of God
Luke 8:11 NKJV
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:
Fill in how we received the Bible...
Here’ s a quick list of why the word is important to us...
It is Eternal
John 1:1 NKJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Isaiah 40:8 NKJV
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:
Psalm 119:89 NKJV
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
Psalm
It is Powerful
Psalm 33:6 NKJV
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Genesis 1:3 NKJV
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
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Pslam 33:6
Hebrews 11:3
2 Peter 3:5 NKJV
For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12
Mark 4:14 NKJV
The sower sows the word.
- “The sower sows the word.”
- “The sower sows the word.”
The seed is sown into the hearts of the recipients...
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Notice that this parable starts and ends with the heart!
The Heart is to the Word as Soil is to a Seed
Four Groups in this Parable
All Four
“Hear the Word”
“Receive the Word”
what do they receive it into?
what is the heart of the people like?
Four glass containers… (covered with a cloth to be revealed one at a time)
(one empty)
(one with very little soil & lots of rocks)
(one with soil & thorns)
(one with all soil)
Insert Video Clip from Invasion of the Body Snatchers...

Invasion of the Word Snatchers

First Container… Empty Unsaved People
Luke 8:12 NKJV
Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Luke 8:
Matthew let’s us know that the “wicked one” comes because they do not understand the word
Matthew 13:19 NKJV
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
Mt. 13:
The First Invasion of the Word Snatcher....
Lack of Understanding the Word
They do not comprehend the Scriptures
They can not see grace
Veil
2 Corinthians 3:14–16 NKJV
But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
2 Corinthians 3:14
Luke 16:31 NKJV
But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”
John 5:46–47 NKJV
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Opens people up to demonic interplay
the devil is not omniscient nor omnipresent
his forces are ubiquitous… 1/3 of the host of heaven fell...
1/3 of the host of heaven fell...
Second Group… rocks & stony ground
hear & receive the word with joy (Matthew & Luke) & gladness (Mark)
Luke 8:13 NKJV
But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
Luke 8:13
Matthew… “he has no root in himself”
Mark… “they have no root in themselves”
Invasion of the Word Snatcher #2 =
Shallowness...
No depth of soil...
Hosea 10:12 NKJV
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
There is not enough soil to allow roots to go down
they are not truly “planted”
Psalm 92:13 NKJV
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalm 1:1–3 NKJV
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
PSalm
Luke 8:13 NKJV
But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
...and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
Matthew & Mark - tribulation or persecution… because of the word - they stumble
Believe in the good times… fall away or stumble when the going gets tough...
Believe in the good times...
It’s easy to believe in a good God in good times
God is just as good in hard times!
God is just as good while we are in the midst of a storm
Don’t allow shallowness to rip you off!
Third Group… thorns...
Luke 8:14 NKJV
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
“go out” = go their own way...
the Invasion of the Word Snatcher #3 = Distraction
Specifically the distraction of blessings or prosperity...
deut
Deuteronomy 8:10–18 NKJV
When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
The only difference between the third group and our last group...
State of the individuals heart...
Luke 8:15 NKJV
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Luke 8:15
Noble & Good Heart
Understand the Word
Accept the Word
Apply the Word
Live the Word
Psalm 119:9–11 NKJV
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:
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