“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts”
1 Peter 3:15
“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD י ה ו ה!”
Lamentations 3:40 (ESV)
The Parable of the Good Soil is an extended teaching from the Parable of the Sower that Jesus (Y’shua) teaches in Matthew 13:3-9,18-24 and Mark 4:2-20, and Luke 8:4-15. The teaching point of Jesus’ (Y’shua) Parable is the value of Good Soil. In Luke 8:15 it describes the Good Soil as those who have: “an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” The point being that God’s Word can only be fruitful in someone’s life who is already broken and yielded to God otherwise it dies.
God’s first job for man was gardening, given to Adam to take care of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). I believe we must choose to carefully and continually examine the garden of our own heart, what grows in it (teachings, ideas, and beliefs), keeping the weeds out (bad stuff), watering and nourishing our garden (heart) to grow holy fruit unto God. The Parable of the Sower shows that deeply broken up soil (Good Soil) is key to any seed of God taking root in us. This seed being planted in the Book of Mark is called the Word of God. Jesus (Y’shua) is called the Word. So being broken in your heart, yielding to God is the first step to allowing Jesus (Y’shua) to develop in you. Not every seed planted in our lives is a good seed from God. Over time we see many things grow in our heart and once a weed (sin) is identified we must learn to carefully remove it without pulling up the good plants. It’s a continual process, mostly beginning with the condition of the soil. It is our duty to look within ourselves and keep measuring ourselves against the Bible to expose sin. This is why those who walk by God’s Holy Spirit earnestly seek to do the law of God (Torah) because the law exposes sin. And in exposing sin we are then compelled to change our ways. This is the Parable of the Good Soil.
This is why James, leader of the first church in Jerusalem, says in James 1:25 (ESV): “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres (continues), being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
In Matthew 15:13, Jesus (Y’shua) said: “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.”
Daniel 12:10 (ESV): “Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.”
James 1:21-25 (ESV): “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. (24) For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. (25) But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres (continues), being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.“
Hosea 10:12-13 NLT: I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard (and barren) ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD י ה ו ה, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ “But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies …”