A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Parable of the Sower


Parable of the sowerThis famous parable is found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The parable tells of a farmer who scatters seed which enters different kinds of soil. Some falls by a path, some on rocky ground and again, some among thorns. Some, however falls into rich soil. Predictably, in the first three cases, there was no lasting crop, but in the final case the yield is plentiful. The point of the parable was to illustrate different sorts of hearers of the gospel: ' the hearer represented by rocky ground is someone who hears readily enough, but has no staying power ' those represented as shallow soil and or choked by weeds are listeners whose lives produce nothing of lasting worth ' only the rich soil produces a bountiful harvest.

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Big ideas: Word of God; Parables

Bible References

Mark 4:2-20
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