I have often felt of myself that if I just said the right words, or explained Jesus in just the right way that others would come logically and simply to the understanding of His salvation. The parable of the sower discusses the conditions present within the heart of man that keep men from being able to come to that conclussion, very little of it has to do with intellect. Jesus I feel is stating that until the heart is properly conditioned to receive it is not for them to understand. I further believe that these poorer conditions can re-enter our lives even as believers and that multiple conditions can co-exist. It might be perhaps better to say that we are each a composite of these conditions in one respect or another.
Notice how the two seemingly different parables are butted up against each other? They may not be as different as determined first glance. The sower ends with the fruitful keeping or doing of the word. The candlestick begins with the ludicrousy of attempting to hide the light one just lit.
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