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The Parable of the Sower
Transcript of The Parable of the Sower
the Sower What is a the Parable of
the Sower about? Matthew 13:1-23 What is a parable? When? Why? Where? A parable is a short story that
illustrates a lesson similar to a
fable. Who does this parable involve? Why did God tell this story? Instead of telling them something they wouldn't hear or showing them something they wouldn't see, God spoke to the people in parables so they could understand it with their hearts. This Parable is written in the New Testament of the Bible. So What? “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Jesus is telling this parable in Capernaum at the shore of the Sea of Galilee. God wants His people to exercise their ability to reason. God confronts every man and woman with His truth; if individuals fail to respond positively to His message, then they will lose it. What a sad commentary on the life of men and women who sit and listen week after week to the Word of God and do not respond positively to the teachings of Christ. Again, the question that continuously confronts every man and woman is: What is the soil of my mind or heart?
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Who? We have been planted in the good soil, but it is up to us if we would like to grow and spread the word or not. Faith Lesson It involves Jesus, who is telling the parable, and large crowds of people from Capernaum. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. The Parable of the Sower takes place shortly after Jesus brought out the demons in Beelzebub. It is the first of many parables Jesus tells in his lifetime. Instead of telling them something they wouldn't hear or showing them something they wouldn't see, God spoke to the people in parables so they could understand it with their hearts. When did this Parable take place? Where did this Parable take place?