Let there be is a phrase repeated in Genesis chapter one as God created all that the world contains. Colossians 2:6-7 LSB “Therefore as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 having been firmly rooted and being built up in Him, and having been established in your faith—just as you were instructed—and abounding with thanksgiving.”
To be rooted means to become stable1. Therefore, as we prepare to enter into Passover and Resurrection season, I believe it is key to become established and grounded in the Lord. We do that primarily by knowing the Word and being rooted in it.
Let us turn our attention to the classic parable of the sower, or more accurately, the parable of the soils and pick up as Jesus is explaining the meaning.
Mark 4:13-20 LSB “And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?14 The sower sows the word.15 And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.16 And in a similar way, these are the ones being sown on the rocky places: those who, when hearing the word, immediately receive it with joy;17 and they have no root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.18 And others are those being sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for anything else enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.20 And those are the ones which were sown on the good soil: they who hear the word and accept it and are bearing fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Everyone gets the same Word sown into their soil; it’s the soil that produces or does not produce. The Word of God has the same power in each of our lives, but the effect of that power is based on how we hear, how we see, and how we apply the Word.
What kind of soil are you? Are you Wayside soil that is stolen from easily?
Stony ground? A joyful hearer yet not a doer? James says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
Some of us are the soil affected by everything around us; we allow the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches to come in and choke the word until it becomes unfruitful. But the good soil is those who hear the word, receive it, and bear fruit.
To hear doesn’t mean only to hear physically, but to give an audience and understand2. Everyone hears the Word, but it’s how we hear and respond that matters. To accept or receive the word means to delight in it3. We delight in obeying God’s Word; we delight to walk in it. Meditate on Psalm 119 and learn to love the Word; see the law as the blessing it is meant to be. Come against the enemy’s lie that the blessings of God found as a result of obedience is not legalism. Renew your mind with the Word of God and let it breathe life into you and let it correct you.
To be delivered, we must know the Word; to cross over; we must believe the Word. Joshua and Caleb didn’t agree with the other ten spies because they were rooted in what God had said. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones from their generation that entered the land. The first step in preparing for Passover in 2022 is making the quality decision to be rooted and grounded in Jesus, the One who is The Word.
- The New Strong’s Concordance, James Strong G#4492
- The New Strong’s Concordance, James Strong G#191
- The New Strong’s Concordance, James Strong G#3858