The Sower

Matthew 13: 3-8, 18-23

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

The Sower Explained

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 the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

Lesson Aim: Learn what kind of men are fit subjects for the Kingdom of God and what means are necessary to bring them into it.

Additional Reading:
Mark 4:4-8, 14-21; Luke 8:5-8, 1-15; Romans 10:8-17; 1 Peter 1:8-17; 1 Corinthians 4:14-16

Memory Verse: Luke 8:11

Questions:
1. Who is the sower?

2. What is the seed?

3. What does the four different soil type represent?

4. What do the bird represent?

5. What does the sun represent?

6. What does the thorns represent?

7. What are the characteristics of the good ground?

8. What does the good ground produce?

9. What lesson did you learn from this parable?

Famous Quote (copywork): “A sower may be faithful and the seed pure, but the soil ultimately determines any harvest success.” ~Robert Taylor

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