Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that ‘they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’” And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:1-20, NRSV)
Who is the sower?
Well the sower is one who sows seed. Thank you for clearing that up, right!
When I read a parable I try to put people into the story. Meaning, who am I in the story, who is Jesus, who is the Father…
So who is the sower?
Well I am the sower, and you are the sower. Anyone who tells others about the kingdom of God or the love that Jesus has for them.
But really isn’t the sower Jesus?
He went out and sowed the word of God. And some listened and followed, others heard it and had problems, and others just didn’t get it.
So when we are the sower, do we think we will have a better response than Jesus did? Probably not…
But in every instance the growth was brought about by God.
So go into the world and do what Jesus did, tell everyone about the gracious love of God that will not quite on them. Throw the seed every where you go, and let God bring the growth!