|Then he[Jesus] began to tell them many things in parables. He said, “Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he was sowing,
|“Listen, then, to the parable about the sower.
- When anyone hears the word about the kingdom yet doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
- As for what was sown on the stony ground, this is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy, but since he doesn’t have any root in himself, he lasts for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls away.
- As for what was sown among the thornbushes, this is the person who hears the word, but the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of wealth choke the word so that it can’t produce a crop.
- But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word, understands it, and produces a crop that yields a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”
|“Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he was sowing,
- some seeds fell along the path, and birds came and ate them up.
- Others fell on stony ground, where they did not have a lot of soil. They sprouted at once because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, they were scorched. Since they did not have any roots, they dried up.
- Others fell among thornbushes, and the thornbushes came up and choked them, and they did not produce anything.
- But others fell on good soil and produced a crop. They grew up, increased in size, and produced thirty, sixty, or one hundred times what was sown.”
He added, “Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!” When he was alone with his followers and the twelve, they began to ask him about the parables. He said to them, “The secret about the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside, everything comes in parables so that ‘they may see clearly but not perceive, and they may hear clearly but not understand, otherwise they might turn around and be forgiven.'” Then he said to them, “You don’t understand this parable, so how can you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word.
- Some people are like the seeds along the path, where the word is sown. When they hear it, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
- Others are like the seeds sown on the stony ground. When they hear the word, they accept it at once with joy, but since they don’t have any roots in themselves, they last for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall away.
- Still others are like the seeds sown among the thornbushes. These are the people who hear the word, but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word so that it can’t produce a crop.
- Others are like the seeds sown on good soil. They hear the word, accept it, and produce crops-thirty, sixty, or one hundred times what was sown.”
|Now while a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to him from every city, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing,
As he said this, he called out, “Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!” Then his disciples began to ask him what this parable meant. So he said, “You have been given knowledge about the secrets of the kingdom of God. But to others they are given in parables, so that ‘they might look but not see, and they might listen but not understand.'” “Now this is what the parable means. The seed is God’s word.
|Earthy Word = Spiritual Word
Sower = God
Seed = Word of God
Soil = Human Mind & Human Heart
||Trampled Birds ate
||The ways of the world philosophy of the world
||Taken away (Didn’t understand)
||Withered No Moisture
||Believed but fell away after testing (Not deeply rooted)
||Worries, Riches, Lusts
||Yielded 100 X
||Strong Spiritual Growth
||Noble & Good heart
Produced through Perseverance
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