Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 12-JUL-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 6 – In the Parable of the Sower we have a tongue-in-cheek account of a wasteful farmer preparing for his next crop by wandering across the landscape and tossing his seed around without caring where it lands. If some of the seed happens to land in good soil, that patch of dirt will produce a good crop, and if the seed lands anywhere else it will be wasted for various reasons. The sermon offers three ways of interpreting the parable. The first interpretation is taken from the gospel passage, where the author sees the parable as an encouragement to his readers to be more like the good soil. In the second interpretation, the generosity of God is seen in the way he scatters the good news of Jesus to all, without considering whether he will get a good return. And in the third interpretation, a parallel is seen between the way thorns in the parable were choking the life out of seedlings, and the way many groups of people are being choked off by being excluded from the means for human flourishing. The Greek word translated as "choke" can also mean "strangle", "throttle" or "suffocate", which brings to mind George Floyd's murder and the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the light of this parable, how do we picture the nature and character of God?
Matthew 13: 1-9, 19-23

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