The Parable of the Sower

Matthew
13:3-9
Then he[Jesus] began to tell them many things in parables. He said, “Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he was sowing,

13:18-23
“Listen, then, to the parable about the sower.

Mark 4:3-20
“Listen! A sower went out to sow. As he was sowing,

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.

Luke 8:4-15
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
Soil Cause Attitude Character Result
Path Trampled Birds ate Ignorance The ways of the world philosophy of the world Taken away (Didn’t understand)
Rock Withered No Moisture Discontinuous Religiously shallow Believed but fell away after testing (Not deeply rooted)
Thorns Choked Materialistic The Distracted Worries, Riches, Lusts
Good Soil Yielded 100 X Strong Spiritual Growth Spiritual Believers Noble & Good heart
Retained
Produced through Perseverance

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