If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds
gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood
on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went
out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the
birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.
It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the
plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell
among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good
soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He
who has ears, let him hear.”
18”Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the
message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and
snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the
word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short
time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears
the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making
it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man
who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty
or thirty times what was sown.”
1. This parable makes clear that reception of the gospel depends on the soil, i.e. the
condition of the recipient. In this parable, the seed and the sower are the same
in each case, but the soil varies. There are many who do not respond favourably
to Jesus’ message, but the few who did produced remarkable fruit.
2. The explanation (vv18-23) makes clear that there are a variety of factors
hindering hearing – Satan, the lure of wealth, trouble, persecution, worries.
Which soil do you belong to? How will God’s word take root in your life?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 2:20-22
After reading today’s passage, plant a few small seeds in a paper cup. Place it
whether it will get sunshine. Keep it watered. Check on it from time to time.
When the seeds come up, bring the cup back to family time to see the results,
explain v8 again.