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The Seven Church Ages - 4. The Parable of the Sower


       Matthew 13:1 – 9, & 18 – 23.


A parable usually consist of a story about a common everyday advent, that the first hearers of the parable would have been very familiar with and clearly understood, but running parallel to this story there would also be a story about the kingdom of heaven that could only be understood by those who had ears to hear and eyes to see the mysteries of the kingdom. 


In the first parable, the common every day story is about a sower going out to sow seed. Two thousand-years ago, sowing seed in a field that you had plowed up and prepared for planting before hand meant walking length of the field with a bag of seed, taking handfuls of seed and scattering the seed before you. The sower would continue walking up and down the length of the field until the whole field was sown. While much of the seed would fall on good ground, also much would fall on unsuitable ground.


The Parable of the Sower.


Matthew 13:1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 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: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun came up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 


The Parable of the Sower Explained.


Matthew13:18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received the seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” 


At the beginning of the first church age the disciples of Jesus, the body of Christ on earth, heads out to sow the word of the kingdom into the people of the world.


When we preach the gospel of the kingdom, we the body of Christ sow the word of the kingdom out into the world. At the beginning of the first church age when the disciples of Jesus headed out to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, they sowed into the people of world the word of the kingdom.


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