The Parables in Matthew Chapter Thirteen Essay

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The Parables in Matthew Chapter Thirteen The Parable of the Sower is one of seven parables in Matthew, chapter thirteen that was from familiar ideas and sources, and natural to men. (Broadus, 285) It was normal to see a farmer sowing grain in Galilee. The "truth" is this parable was designed to teach. The varied types of soil are the emphasis in this parable, rather than that of "the sowing of the seed ("word," v.19) of the kingdom." "Jesus called it 'the parable of the sower' because it was a sower who inspired the lesson." (Hobbs, 164) The sower is a Christian teacher or Christ, "but not a prominent figure in the parable." The seed stands for "Christian truth, 'the word of the kingdom', or 'word of God,' because when…show more content…
The different harvests are the different faiths. "There are those who receive the truth in the same way as the seed that falls on stony places. It grows for a awhile, then dies. There are those who start gloriously, who spring up at once, but then as quickly disappear." (Criswell, 74) "The seed falling by the wayside" is an example of those that give their attention to business matters and worldly affairs rather than to spiritual truth. The seed in the thin, rocky soil represent those who were really religious and have it in them to believe, but the tire, and fall away. The seed in the thorns show the people who could surely "develop the highest spiritual gifts, but who fail because they deliberately attempt to serve two masters, God and mammon, which is impossible." (Dummelow, 672) The soil that bears fruit shows the people who believe in Jesus and his messages, and "the people who bear fruit unto God." (Criswell, 74; Dummelow, 673) "According to Matthew 13:38, the converted soul becomes himself a Word, a seed of the Kingdom. This is the method of Christ's work, sowing the seed of the Kingdom in the society and age in which we live."(Criswell, 74) "The story was meant to convey spiritual instruction, and not all were likely to understand it." (Broadus, 286) Broadus, Criswell, Dummelow, and Hobbs all believe in that as an
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