On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted,
and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to 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.
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
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The Parable of the Sower and the Seed is one that we’ve heard numerous times. But the question is, do we understand it? Out of all the Parables, this is the one we should understand the most because it’s the only Parable that Jesus himself explained in the Gospels. Those who understand Jesus’ parables and teachings are blessed. He says that if he grants us knowledge, more will be given to us. However, people who don’t understand have a disadvantage. Understanding and knowledge are gifts of the Holy Spirit, and if we have them, then he expects us to use them for the glory of God. Because we know Jesus and understand his teachings, we can and should help those who don’t. While this can look like giving talks and having Bible Studies, we can teach in other ways. We can start by having conversations and asking questions. Once you’ve built a relationship with someone, they’ll trust you and know that you care, which gives you the freedom to reveal Jesus to them. Over time, we’ll see rocky soil become good soil and thorns clipped away in the hearts of our loved ones and disciples. If God is the sower, we can be his laborers and harvest souls for him. Because much has been given to us, he expects us to give much of ourselves to others.
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