Parable of The Sower, Matthew 13:1
A Parable is a Physical Example Revealing a Spiritual Reality.
And Y’shua (Jesus) sat down in a boat on the lake and began speaking in parables to the immense crowds gathered to Him on the shore.
- The Sower of the Seed came out to sow. Some seed fell by the wayside and when the birds came they devoured them.
- Some seed fell on rocky ground where there was no depth of soil, and it sprang up right away but when the sun rose, with it’s scorching heat, it withered.
- Some fell on thorns and the thorns grew up and chocked them out.
- But some fell upon good ground and produced fruit, one hundred, sixty and thirty fold what was sown.
The One Who Has Ears Must Hear, (Shama), Matthew 13:9
This parable is the first of the seven famous parables found in Matthew 13.
Y’shua’s disciples ask Him why He is speaking to the crowds in parables? In short, Y’shua answers them by quoting the prophet Isaiah:
“In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has grown callous; 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.’ Matthew 13:14, 15; Isaiah 6:9.
Not Hearing, (Spiritually) is the Curse, Deuteronomy 29:4
Now Y’shua explains the Parable of The Sower to His Disciples:
- The seed sown by the wayside represents the one who hears the Message of The Kingdom and does not understand, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
- The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who immediately take the message with joy but does not have a root. When affliction and persecution come, because of the message, he falls away.
- The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the message but the anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the message so it becomes useless.
- The seed sown on good ground is the one who hears the message and understands, bearing fruit one hundred, sixty and thirty fold what was sown.