The One Who Tells Stories – The Meaning of the Four Soils

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After teaching the parable of the four soils, Jesus’ disciples asked Him the meaning of the story. As noted yesterday, most parables have one primary teaching point. In this case, the parable is about hearing and accepting God’s Word. 

While it doesn’t impact the primary teaching point, the Life Application Study Bible (third edition) offers the following commentary note to consider this parable in detail.

The LASB notes: “The four soils represent four different ways people respond to God’s message. Usually we think that Jesus was talking about four different kinds of people. But he may also have been talking about (1) different times or phases in a person’s life or (2) how we willingly apply God’s message to some areas of our lives but resist applying it to others. For example, you may be open to God about your future but closed concerning how you spend your money. You may respond like good soil to God’s command to worship but respond like rocky soil to his command to give to people in need. Strive to be like good soil at all times and in every area of your life.”


     MARK 4:1-20

Is there an area in your life in which you may be hearing God’s Word but not fully accepting it? 

Why do you think you resist God and His desire to transform this area of your life? 


Heavenly Father, I confess that I may be willing to apply Your Word to some parts of my life, but resist applying it to others. Help me to see the areas of my life in which self-centeredness continues to reign. Infiltrate my spirit and transform me into the person You have made me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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