A parable is a simple story that illustrates a profound truth. Did you know that more than a third of Jesus' recorded teaching is in the form of parables? When we study the parables, we hear the voice of Jesus. What is He saying? What is our response?
Through this study, we will grow into a deeper love of the One of whom it was said: "No one ever spoke the way this man does." John 7:46
This parable, found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, is about the proclamation of the Word of God. The Kingdom of God will be advanced through the proclamation of the Word, though for various reasons some (perhaps most) will not respond. The growth depends not on the sower, but on the seed (the Word).
Our Scripture readings are Isaiah 55: 10-13; Mark 4:1-20
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Questions to Ponder:
1. Why do you think the emphasis in the parable is on the seed and not the farmer (sower) or the planting and harvesting process?
2. How would you describe a person with a hard heart?
3. What are some of the ways Satan keeps the Word from penetrating into the hearts of hearers?
4. What are some of the competing desires in sharing the Gospel in our culture today? What can we do to overcome deceitful attractions of the world?
5. How does this parable give you confidence to share the Gospel?
6. Why do you think the Sower casts seeds everywhere instead of sowing more on the good soil and less on the soil he knew wouldn't produce a harvest?
7. Why do you think Jesus told this story?
8. Read James 1:22-25. Though this parable is primarily about unbelievers and their response to the Word, how are we sometimes closed-minded, superficial or distracted when we hear the Word of God? How does James urge us to respond?
9. What do parables or stories accomplish that simple and direct instruction lacks?
10. What do you think Jesus would like you to do in response to this story?