Jesus began this sermon with the instructive parable of The Sower. Jesus revealed the secret of interpretation as He later explained this parable to the disciples.
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying:
Parable of the Sower
"Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Jesus used familiar events that listeners could readily visualize and remember. His message was intended for the common man. In this parable, Jesus presented a farmer planting seed.
This parable would sound like a simple, pointless story to someone who heard it for the first time. In fact, the disciples prompted Jesus to explain it to them.
The interpretation is given later. For now, note that this parable has more than one point. The seed fell in 4 places; so expect to see 4 key points.
- Matthew 13:1-9
- Mark 4:1-20
- Luke 8:4-15