The Parable of the Sower

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 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Questions for discussion

1.What is a parable?

Parabel is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth,religious principle or moral lesson

2. What did the good soil symbolize in this parable?

Good soil represents people who hear the message and live it in their lives

3.How many  different types of soil were there in the parable and what were they?

Path,rocky places,thorns and good soil

4. Lesson learned.

Select the right answer.

1. What happened to the seed that fell on the path?

a) It started to grow but could not take root.

b) Birds ate it.

c) It got choked out.

2. What happened to the seed that fell on rocky soil?

a) It started to grow but could not take root.

b) Birds ate it.

c) It got choked out.

3. What characterizes people who are like the seed that fell among thorns?

a) As soon as they hear what God says, Satan swoops down and takes it away.

b) They hear what God says but the worries of life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things make them unfruitful.

4. Why did some seed produce a crop?

a) It was a special kind of seed.

b) It fell on good soil.

5. What characterizes people who are like the seed sown on good soil?

a) They hear God’s word and obey it.

b) When troubles come they quickly fall away.

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