Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Parable of the Sower

Bible 1
Jesus was by Lake Galilee when very large crowds gathered and surrounded him eager to hear what he had to say.
Bible 2
So Jesus got into a boat moored near the shore while the crowds stood on the waters edge. Jesus then told them this parable.
Bible 3
A farmer was scattering seed and some fell on the path. Birds swooped down and ate up the seed on the path.

Bible 4
Some seed fell on rocky soil where it started to grow but could not take root. When the sun came up it scorched the seed and it withered.
Bible 5
Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked the plants so they did not bear grain.
Bible 6
The remaining seed fell on good soil and produced a crop. Some seeds bore grain that produced 30 times more. Some seed were 60 times more productive. Some produced 100 times more grain.

Bible 7
Jesus told the crowds, ‘Whoever has ears let them hear.’
Bible 8
Later the disciples asked Jesus, ‘Why do you teach in parables?’
Bible 9
Jesus quoted words Isaiah had written many years before. ‘These people see but do not see, they hear but do not understand. Otherwise they might turn and be forgiven.’

Bible 10
‘Blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear,’ Jesus explained. ‘Listen to what the parable of the sower means.’
Bible 11
The seed the farmer sows is like God’s Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the path. As soon as they hear what God says, Satan swoops down and takes it away.
Bible 12
Others are like the seed sown in rocky places. They hear what God says with joy but as they have no root, when troubles and persecutions come they quickly fall away.

Bible 13
Some are like the seed sown among thorns. They hear what God says but the worries of life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things make them unfruitful.
Bible 14
But others are like the seed sown on good soil. They hear God’s word and obey it.
Bible 15
They produce a harvest of good as they live for God ... some 30 times bigger, some 60 times and some 100 times bigger.

The Parable of the Sower
The parable of the sower that Jesus taught.
Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:1-15

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