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  1. Lesson 3: The Parable of the Sower

  2. Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23 Mk. 4:3-8, 14-20 Lk. 8:5-8, 11-15 The Parable of the Sower:The Background • Jesus had healed a blind and mute man who was demon-possessed (Matt. 12:22) • The miracle aroused interest/amazement and controversy/skepticism (12:23-24) • Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their unbelief (12:38-45) • Jesus taught that whoever does the will of His Father is His brother/sister/mother (12:46-50) • Jesus taught great multitudes (13:1-2)

  3. Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23 Mk. 4:3-8, 14-20 Lk. 8:5-8, 11-15 The Parable of the Sower:The Narrative • The Sower • The sower went forth to sow, as was common in those days • Initially, the sower represented Christ, who went out teaching and sowing the Word. • In application and principle, it is the responsibility of every Christian to be the sower, sowing the seed of the kingdom (cf. Acts 8:4).

  4. Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23 Mk. 4:3-8, 14-20 Lk. 8:5-8, 11-15 The Parable of the Sower:The Narrative • The Sower • Some Truths for the Sower • He must sow the seed and leave the increase to God (Isa. 55:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:6). • He must sow at all times, not waiting until everything is favorable (Ecc. 11:4-6; 2 Tim. 4:2). • He must sow, realizing that others may reap the harvest (John 4:35-38). • He must sow on all kinds of soil (Matt. 13:3-8). • He must sow with the right attitude (2 Tim. 2:24-28; Eph. 4:15). • He must believe in the seed he sows (Rom. 1:16).

  5. Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23 Mk. 4:3-8, 14-20 Lk. 8:5-8, 11-15 The Parable of the Sower:The Narrative • The Seed • The seed was dispersed by the sower. • The seed is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). • The seed, representing the Word of God, is that which contains life (John 6:63; 1 Peter 1:23). • The seed always produces after its kind (Gen. 1:11; Gal. 6:7). • The seed produced Christians only in the first century and will produce the same today. • The seed can be mixed (Mt. 13:24-25; Ga. 1:6-9).

  6. Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23 Mk. 4:3-8, 14-20 Lk. 8:5-8, 11-15 The Parable of the Sower:The Narrative • The Soils • The soils denote the various sorts of attitudes that men have towards the gospel. • The success of the sowing depends upon the soils into which the seed falls. • Hearts must be prepared to seek and receive the Word (2 Chron. 19:3; 30:19; Ezra 7:10).