sermonette: Amending the Soil
Responding to God
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 25-Oct-14; Sermon #1237s; 18 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the dry and hard clay in South Carolina, a real challenge to cultivate, identifies some grounds of comparison Christ cites between ourselves and clay (soil). In the Parable of the Sower, Christ describes 1.0) hard, impenetrable soil of the wayside, vulnerable to birds, symbolizing the devil and his demons, snatching the seed away, 2.) shallow stony soil, offering little or no anchorage for the seed,3.) thorny, choked soil, symbolizing the cares and lures of the world, and 4.) good soil, providing a fertile venue for growth. In each case, the quality of the reaction of the soil is highlighted. God freely supplies the rain and the sunshine to all varieties of soil, just as He makes His Word freely available, but the soil, symbolizing us, has to respond to the implantation of the seed, an invitation to have a relationship with God. Whether we are metaphorized as soil or building materials, we have an obligation to respond to God with deep respect and yieldedness, trembling at His Word.
Agricultural metaphors Alacrity and solemnity Amendments to the soil Architectural metaphors Clay in South Carolina Devil takes away seed Dry and hard Lime Ephesians 6:5 Exposure to truth I Corinthians 3:6-9 God's building God's word is freely available Haggai 1:5 Matthew 13: Parable of the sower Peat moss Philippians 2:12-13 Producing fruit Reaction or response to the seed Seed as an invitation to have a relationship with God Take care how we build Trembling at God's word