Matthew 13:3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. …"

Matthew 5:45 "for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

When God does good things for man, things which we have neither earned or deserved, we call the grace – that is, it is a true gift. The Bible is the story of God grace towards men, for while He does punish the wicked, and discipline his children – the heart of the story is how in brought salvation by grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. God himself tells us that he wants all people to be saved. However, although God is almighty, and Lord of all – God does bot always get what he wants. For not everyone will be saved – some will perish – some will go to hell.

Why? Some people just won’t listen.

You all know the story. When God was passing out brains, I thought he said trains, so I said ‘I’ll take the next one.’ When God was passing out brains, I thought he said rains, so I said ‘I’ll take a slow one.’

How important is listening? Can it really make a difference? Listening is so important, that in the bible listening is the same as obeying. That is if you hear something – you will do it. For example, when your parents say ‘Time for Bed.’ You do not argue, you do not fight, you do not pretend that you didn’t hear it – you cheerfully go to bed. Its that simple.

Listening is so important, that it is the heart of this parable. Not because of what you will do, but rather because when you listen to the Word of God it acts on you, and works to change you. That is the promise we find in our OT lesson. Isaiah 55:11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

What do we hear? God plants good seed – all of it is capable of growing – God sends sun upon all – God sends rain upon all – God provides everything necessary.

Some hear but do not understand – and the grace of God is taken as it sits idle.

Some hear, but have no root, and wither in a dry season.

Some hear, but the cares of life choke out the word.

Some hear and bear abundant fruit.

It may not seem fair – some of these things seem beyond our control.

But God doesn’t make hearts hard – we do – and God’s grace would create a new heart for us, if we would just stop resisting.

God would give us deep roots, if we would only continue in his word.

And God would give us the power to overcome temptations and to stand steadfast in times of trial, if only we would trust in him.

Thus all those who perish, perish because they resist the grace of God working in word and sacrament. Because just as God sows good seed, and give sun and rain to all – so also God would provide for all our needs. And those who lack – lack because they resist the grace of God – or have not heard the good news of salvation at all.

There is then, only one question which is important in our lesson – do you have ears to hear? For if you do, God will work the change on you, change you from a sinner to a saint – make you a child of God by grace through faith in Christ.