The Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Sower is meant to the possible ways in which people would react to the Word of God. Only a quarter of the listeners would truly listen and act to the word of God.
It offers a chance for the listener to ask themselves which category am I and what steps needs to be done in order to move from one category to the next.
The Parable of the Sower – basic Information:
The parable is also known as the Parable of all parables. It’s recorded in the New Testament, in Matthew 13:1-9, Mark 4:3-9, Luke 8: 5-8.
Jesus’ explanation of the Parable:
‘Listen then to wheat the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the veil on comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and t once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown’
The Parable of the Sower a contemporary interpretation:
The farmer represents Jesus. He entered into our world so that he can preach the message of righteous living to us. When preaching the word he noticed that the listeners fell into four major camps.
1) A quarter of the listeners will have complete disregard of the teachings, i.e. either do not understand, feel that there is no need to understand or do not want to understand.
2) A quarter of the listeners will be happy when they heard about the word but quickly become disillusioned, when something turbulent within their life.
3) A quarter of the listeners are more preoccupied by the world. These people are trapped and cannot grow because they are more concerned with the world.
4) The last set of listeners will change as a result of hearing the word of God. As their character changes so good deeds will arise from that person. Those deeds that they produce would have a positive ripple effect onto other people lives.