Barry Newman's Blog

October 14, 2012

The Parables of Jesus (part VI) – The Parable of the Sower (part I)

Filed under: Parables of Jesus,The Parable of the Sower — barrynewman @ 10:42 pm

The Parable of the Sower

I have chosen to look at the Parable of the Sower, at least to begin with.  I think there is value in this given that it is one of the few parables to be found in all three of the Synoptic Gospels and additionally it is one of only a few parables for which Jesus provides and explanation, it is the first mentioned in the gospels of what are commonly thought of as parables and it is the parable that is interconnected with what Jesus says about those who are given understanding and those who are not.

The parable itself is found in Matt 13: 1 – 9, Mark 4: 1 – 9 and Luke 8: 1 – 8, with the explanation given by Jesus occurring at Matt 13: 18 – 23, Mark 4: 14 – 20 and Luke 8: 11 – 15.

Matthew refers to it as “the parable of the sower” but one can understand why Carson calls it “the parable of the soils”.  I suspect that the title, “the parable of the careless farmer” might not be all that unsuitable but the emphasis is really on the seed and the different areas on which the seed lands and what happened to it there.


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