Jesus’ Parables: The parable of the sower

The parable of the sower ( Matthew 13: 1-23) is one of the many parables in the Bible which is known to all.

Jesus Christ spoke about many parables in the Bible and this parable of the sower is one that is practically related to spiritual things.

Jesus uses parables so many times in his teaching. He uses these parables that we may apply it to our individual lives. These parables by Jesus shouldn’t be seen just a mere storytelling, many of his parables contain wise sayings we must spiritually understand.

(See also The Parable of the Good Samaritan and The Parable of the Lost Sheep)

Jesus Parables The Parable of the Sower

The Main Part of the Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13: 3b-9

 “A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,  but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears, let him hear.”

* Bible verses were taken from Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition.

The Parable Explained

In the following verses  (18-23) Jesus explained the meaning of the parable in a very simple and understandable way. For example, a seed is a Word of God.

Another explanation:

  • seeds along the path and birds

seeds along the path and birdsIf you listen to the word of God but you don’t understand it, the evil will come and pull it away quickly what is sown in your heart. 

  • seeds on rocky ground

seed on rocky groundYou hear the Word and receive it with joy. But when you face the trouble due to God’s word, and you have no spiritual root in yourselves, you will forget on Word.

  • seeds among thorns

seed among thornsIf you care too much about the secular problems and financial issues you will not pay enough attention to the Word,  and it proves unfruitful.

  • seeds on good soil

seeds on fertail soilIf you  hear the Word and understand it you indeed bear the fruit,” and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (v. 23)

Lessons to be learned from The parable of the sower

There are many lessons to be learned from this parable:

  • seedsOne major lesson to be learned from this is that it helps us to understand our citizenship in the kingdom of God. When we call ourselves Christians, God’s people and children of God, God expects us to live according to our confessions.
  • Another lesson to be learned from this parable is that God instructs us to preach the Gospel. The Gospel has been brought to us hence our salvation in Christ Jesus. It is now left to you and me to also sow the seed of propagating the gospel to non-believers so as to win more souls to the kingdom of God.

The_Parable_and_the_SowerIn this parable, God made us understand the two ways to listen to preaching. He made us understand that there are two types of listeners.

  • First, there is the listener who listens to the preaching but rejects it. He is neither interested in what he heard neither is he concerned about bearing fruits. His life does not portray the preaching he has listened to. This type of listener is denoted by the three types of soil mentioned in the parable.
  • Secondly, there is the good listener. He listens to the preaching, receives it wholeheartedly and bears more fruits. The preaching he has listened to makes a huge difference in his life.

What kind of listener are you?

In the parable of the sower, Jesus Christ is asking you and me, “What kind of listener are you?”

Jesus loves us and doesn’t want any of his beloved to perish. He wants us to be the good listener and this is the reason he said in verse 9 of our text that “He that has ears, let him hear” If you claim to be a believer of God, then, you should listen very well to the preaching which is also the word of God.

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In conclusion brethren, we must understand that God’s grace is at work in our lives when we hear the word and bear fruits. For you to hear the word and bear fruit, you must prepare your hearts.

Make up your mind to bear fruits which are spiritual and confidently work as citizens of God’s kingdom.

So, what kind of listener are you? Please drop your comment below.








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