By Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
C H O F Ministry Inspirationalist
The parable of the sower, found in Matthew 13, presents a powerful lesson about the different ways in which people receive the Word of God. In this article, we will focus on the birds in the parable, which symbolize Satan and his agents working to remove the Word of God from people's hearts before it has a chance to grow and bear fruit.
In the parable, the sower scatters seeds on various types of soil. Some seeds fall along the path, and the birds swoop down to devour them. Jesus explains that these birds represent Satan and his agents, who snatch away the Word of God from people's hearts, preventing them from understanding and embracing its message.
Satan and his agents can take away the Word of God from our hearts in three primary ways:
To protect the Word of God in our hearts and prevent it from being snatched away, we must be aware of these dangers and actively resist them. Here are some strategies for guarding our hearts against the birds:
The parable of the sower and the birds serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of guarding the Word of God in our hearts. By understanding the tactics of Satan and his agents, and actively resisting their attempts to snatch away the Word, we can ensure that the Gospel takes root and flourishes in our lives, producing abundant spiritual fruit for the glory of God.
*"This blog post was inspired by John Piper's thought-provoking article 'Beware of the Birds,' which can be found on DesiringGod.org.
I encourage you to read the original article for more insights and reflections on the parable of the sower and the birds."