Jesus Teaches in Parables
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting beside the sea [of Galilee].
2 But such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat there [positioning Himself as a teacher], while the whole crowd stood on the shore.
3 He told them many things in parables, saying, “Listen carefully: a sower went out to sow [seed in his field];
4 and as he sowed, some seed fell beside the road [between the fields], and the birds came and ate it.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil; and at once they sprang up because they had no depth of soil.
6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, and thorns came up and choked them out.
8 Other seed fell on good soil and yielded grain, some a hundred times as much [as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty.
9 He who has ears [to hear], let him hear and heed My words.”Matthew 13:1-9 (AMP)
The Sower Explained
18 “Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom [regarding salvation] and does not understand and grasp it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
20 The one on whom seed was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and at once welcomes it with joy;
21 yet he has no [substantial] root in himself, but is only temporary, and when pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles and falls away [abandoning the One who is the source of salvation].
22 And the one on whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the worries and distractions of the world and the deceitfulness [the superficial pleasures and delight] of riches choke the word, and it yields no fruit.
23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields, some a hundred times [as much as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty.”Matthew 13:18-23 (AMP)
- Matthew 13:3 A short story that illustrates a moral or religious principle.