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Parable of the Sower, explained.

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Matthew 13:18-23 Mark 4:14-20 Luke 8:11-15
18Therefore hear the parable of the sower. 19When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown by the wayside. 20But that which was sown on the stony places is this: he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy. 21But he has no root in himself, and is temporary. For when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, he immediately stumbles. 22And that sown into the thorns is this: he who hears the Word; and the anxiety of this world, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23But that sown on the good ground is this: he who hears the Word and understands; who also bears fruit and produces one truly a hundredfold; and one sixty; and one thirty.
13And He said to them, Do you not know this parable? And how then will you know all parables? 14The sower sows the Word. 15And these are those by the wayside, where the Word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts. 16And these are those likewise being sown on stony places; who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with gladness. 17But they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Afterward when affliction or persecution arises for the Word's sake, they are immediately offended. 18And these are those being sown among thorns; such as hear the Word, 19and the cares of this world, and the deceit of riches, and the lust about other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20And these are those sown on good ground, who hear the Word and welcome it, and bear fruit, one thirty, one sixty, and one a hundredfold .
11And the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. 12Those by the roadside are the ones who hear; then the Devil comes and takes the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13Those on the rock are the ones who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy. And these have no root, who for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14And those which fell among thorns are the ones who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of life, and do not bear to maturity. 15But those on the good ground are the ones who, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience..
The parable of the sower is told in Matthew, Mark and Luke's gospel and also explained in each gospel.
  • The seed is the Word of God.
  • The soil is the condition of one's heart towards the Word of God.
    1. Seed that fell by the wayside - (the heart that does not understand the Word or is indifferent towards the Word).
    2. Seed that fell on stony ground - (the heart that receives the Word, but in trials and tribulations falls away for they have a shallow foundation).
    3. Seed that fell among thorns - (the heart that hears the Word, but becomes distracted and engrossed by the cares of this world).
    4. Seed that fell on good ground - (The heart that hears and understands the Word and with patience produces fruit, thirty, sixty and one hundred fold).
  • In all three accounts and after many of the other parables Jesus, said; whoever has ears to hear let him hear. Jesus does not force us to hear, this has to do with man's free will. We choose what to hear and understand according to our personal desire, (what we consider important to us).