INTRODUCTION

We have spoken about the seed that fell by the wayside and on stony ground. Let us continue to interpret  the parable and discover which seed fell among thorns. Here are the reports given by the various writers: 

 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and hebecometh unfruitful (Mt 13: 7, 22).

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful (Mk 4: 7, 17,18).

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection(Lk 8: 7, 14).

COMMON THEMES

  • This person hears the word. However,
  • thorns spring up with the word and
  • choked the word so that the hearer
  • yielded no fruit
  • Jesus said that the thorns are the care of this world, deceitfulness of riches, lusts of other things and pleasures of [this] life.

WHAT IS THE GREEK WORD FOR THORNS?

Akantha  (G 173) is the Greek word for thorns. I decided to define it because I had wondered if this was the same word that Jesus used when He spoke about false prophets and apostles. To my consternation, I discovered that this was so:

 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns (akantha), or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE SPOKE OF THE THORNS?

I believe that there is a dual interpretation in the word thorns:

  • The thorns are the care of this world, deceitfulness of riches, lusts of other things and pleasures of [this] life.  The seed that fell among the thorns were choked (apopnigō/G638). This Greek word is  used three times in the New Testament and is interpreted as drowned because it is used  in reference to the choking of  the swine into which demons entered:
  • Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked/apopnigō  (Lk 8: 33) 
  • Based on the comparison with Matthew 7, I also believe that the the seed fell among fall prophets, who the Lord described as wolves in sheeps clothing. Jesus said that they  are  thorns which cause injury, bring forth bad fruit and devour the sheep. Please read in “False Apostles” at the right to discover more on the danger of these so called ministers of the gospel.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE HUMAN  SPIRIT  CHOKES AND/OR DROWNS?

In a choking incident, an object blocks the airways, preventing air from entering the lungs for gas exchange. Death can result if this is prolonged since  there is an interruption of oxygen delivery to the brain and other body organs.  A drowning is caused by immersion in water which results in interference with  breathing and subsequent deficiency in oxygen supply to the vital organs.   

It is possible to see in the parable that the spirit of the one that fell among thorns experiences  an interruption to its spiritual life source, so the spirit becomes spiritually dead.

This is indeed a terrible state to be in.

Blessings and more to come! 

 

REFERENCES

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G173&t=KJV

https://pppministries.wordpress.com/category/false-apostles/

http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/articles/other/drown_7/

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