Matthew 13:1-9

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

One of my favorite things about the stories that Jesus tells is that they are generally in Parables.  This particular parable in my opinion is almost like a riddle and pretty tough to put together.  To me Jesus is the Farmer and the Seeds he is sowing are his teachings.  He spreads his word to whoever will listen.  To me the locations in which the farmer is sowing his seeds refers to the following,  some will listen to what they want to hear, some may even listen to the surface of things, some will take his words and use them for what improves their life, and others will listen, study, and consume his teachings.  Those who do the last will have the best crops.

Harold Arnold