The Message


The Story of the Sower, the Seed and the Soils
As told by Jesus of Nazareth
recorded in the Bible in Matthew's Gospel Chapter 13:1-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables (1), saying:

"A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have 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 among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

He who has ears, let him hear!"

Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

'You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.'

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Hear then the parable of the sower:
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one he who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

Footnote (1)
A parable has been described as 'an earthly story with a heavenly meaning' i.e. a story about everyday events or that pictures or typifies (eternal) spiritual truths. Return to reading point



Matthew 13:1-23

1.What does the seed represent (See also Luke 8:11)
2.Where were the four different places the seeds fell?
3.What did each place represent ?
4.Can you give any examples of how the Word has been sown in your life?

5.What are the three things that keep us from "keeping" or "growing" in the Word?

6.What can we do to stop Satan from stealing the Word sown in our hearts?
(Proverbs 4:4, Proverbs 4:20-23)

7.How can we get rooted in the Word?
Colossians 2:6-7 & 3:15-17

8.Can you give examples of trouble or persecution that arise on account of the Word? ( ones you have experienced or heard of)

9.How have you dealt with persecutions ?
( Did you sulk with God or grow stronger in the faith)

10.What are the " cares of this world and lures of wealth or riches" that choke the Word. ? Matthew 6:24

11.What type of fruit does the Word produce in our life. John 15:7

** Remember, satan sometimes tries to steal the Word by bringing hardships and disappointments our way with the hope of getting us offended with God. Matthew 11:6 & 13:21

What is the Gospel?
When the Gospel is wrongly presented

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