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Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

1Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

10His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”

11He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets#13:11 Greek the mysteries. of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.

They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

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14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,

‘When you hear what I say,

you will not understand.

When you see what I do,

you will not comprehend.

15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,

and their ears cannot hear,

and they have closed their eyes—

so their eyes cannot see,

and their ears cannot hear,

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and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and let me heal them.’ # 13:14-15 Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).

16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.

18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

24Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.

27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’

28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.

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29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

31Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

Parable of the Yeast

33Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

34Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. 35This fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet:

“I will speak to you in parables.

I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world.#13:35 Some manuscripts do not include of the world. Ps 78:2.

Parable of the Wheat and Weeds Explained

36Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.”

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37Jesus replied, “The Son of Man#13:37 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world,#13:39 Or the age; also in 13:40, 49. and the harvesters are the angels.

40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

Parable of the Fishing Net

47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. 49That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51Do you understand all these things?”

“Yes,” they said, “we do.”

52Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

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53When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph,#13:55 Other manuscripts read Joses; still others read John. Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

FAQs

What is Matthew 13 about in the Bible? ›

It is a growth parable. A man went out to sow grain. The man represents God and the seed is His message. Just as a planted seed starts to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within a person.

What is the main point of Matthew chapter 13? ›

Matthew 13

First, Jesus describes the different responses a person can have toward knowledge of the kingdom of heaven and their consequences. The Lord then told a parable about a farmer whose field had been sown with both wheat and weeds.

What does the soil represent in Matthew 13? ›

The main message of the Parable of the Sower is that unless we nurture our relationship with God (the good soil), we won't grow into the faithful Christians He calls us to be. When we feed our faith through God's Word and by seeking Him in earnest, our hearts and lives overflow with the abundance of God's grace.

Why did Jesus teach in parables Matthew 13? ›

According to Matthew, Jesus speaks in parables because the people do not see, hear and understand. The reason for their inability to comprehend, is their rejection of Jesus. This article investigates these parallel passages to decipher the meaning within their textual context.

What do the parables in Matthew 13 teach us? ›

Jesus Christ used the parables found in Matthew 13 to teach truths about the kingdom of heaven, which is the Church, including the eventual Apostasy and latter-day Restoration (see Bible Dictionary, “Kingdom of heaven or kingdom of God,” “Parables”).

What is the meaning of Matt 13 24 30? ›

This means that on Earth, good and bad people will grow and live together. The Kingdom of God will be present amongst the evil of the world. At the end of time people will be separated into their eternal destiny.

What are the seven parables in Matthew 13? ›

Matthew 13. Jesus explains why He teaches with parables—He gives the parables of the sower, the wheat and the tares, the grain of mustard seed, the leaven, the treasure hidden in the field, the pearl of great price, and the net cast into the sea—A prophet is not honored by his own people.

What does Matthew 13 34 mean? ›

God has called every believer to go further still in our depth and knowledge of Him – we were not saved for superficiality. It is our privilege to delve into a richer and fuller knowledge of Him Who is boundless in His wisdom. Every sliver of knowledge obtained also carries with it the call to its obedience.

What is the lesson of the parable? ›

First and foremost, the Parable of the Talents teaches us that we are put on Earth to work. This is evident not only in this particular parable, but in several other Bible stories. God rewards those who put considerable effort into bettering their lives and the lives of those in their community.

What does soil represent spiritually? ›

So soil represents life on earth. In our human-centred worldview, in our education systems, our science and technology and our universities, we have come to think that soil simply means dirt, and that dirt means dirty. But dirt is not dirty; dirt is the source of life. Without dirt there is no life.

What is the significance of Jesus writing in the dirt? ›

Not so, for Jesus's parting words to the woman are “go and sin no more.” By his writing the commandments in the dirt Jesus teaches us instead that the Law points us back to the ideal for which we were originally created: a life of justice.

What is the most famous parable? ›

Harmony of parables
NumberEventLuke
1The Growing Seed
2The Two DebtorsLuke 7:41–43
3The Lamp under a BushelLuke 8:16–18
4The Good SamaritanLuke 10:25–37
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What are the four teachings of Jesus? ›

Jesus's Teachings

Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself. Forgive others who have wronged you. Love your enemies.

What does speaking in parables mean? ›

Through speaking in parables, Jesus grants understanding to those who are seeking after Him – revealing truth to those who are willing to listen and thoughtfully consider what He has to say. Conversely, those whose hearts are hardened against Him have the truth hidden from them.

What is the kingdom heaven? ›

Kingdom of God, also called Kingdom Of Heaven, in Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels.

What does the wheat harvest represent in the Bible? ›

Wheat is the most important of the "six species of the land" in Deuteronomy 8:8 and valued as a divine provision for the people of God(1). The daily manifestation of this provision was bread, the best-known product of wheat, often synonymous with food.

What does the Bible say about soil? ›

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

What does the Bible say about reaping a harvest? ›

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Who does the sower represent? ›

Jesus later explains to his disciples that the seed represents the Gospel, the sower represents anyone who proclaims it, and the various soils represent people's responses to it.

What is the shortest parable in the Bible? ›

The Parable of the Leaven (also called the Parable of the yeast) is one of the shortest parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew (13:33) and Luke (13:20–21), as well as in the discredited and apocryphal Gospel of Thomas (logion 96).

How does Jesus teach us to love? ›

In John 13:34-35 Jesus states “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Our discipleship and our knowledge of God can be measured by whether or not we love one another.

Who brings out of his treasure things new and old? ›

It appears in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 51–53. This parable is as follows: "Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."New King James Version.

What are the 3 types of parables? ›

It has been noted, since the late nineteenth century, that the parables in the Gospels fall into three groups. These are usually given the names (1) similitude, (2) parable, and (3) exemplary story (sometimes called illustration).

What are the 4 themes of parables? ›

Terms in this set (4)
  • Descriptions of the King. God's nature, qualities, attitudes in dealing with people. ...
  • Kingdom responses. How we should act if we hope to "enter the kingdom" ...
  • relationship with out neighbor. How we should relate to all those we interact with as well as the greater community. ...
  • The fulfillment of the kingdom.

What is the main purpose of parables Why do you think so? ›

In other words, in this definition, the point of parables is to take something that is unclear or less than clear or maybe not persuasive like a moral attitude, or a religious idea and to make them more understandable, more persuasive. They're explainer stories.

How do you pray using soil? ›

Jesus, Holy Spirit, Father, I receive you afresh today, and your inextinguishable life. I receive your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in the Kingdom of heaven. I arise once again to trust you in your mighty strength, uniting my heart with your heart.

What does Clay mean spiritually? ›

The symbolism of clay can also portray ideas of renewal and reincarnation as clay can be infinitely recycled in its raw state by managing its moisture levels. This alludes to the infinite possibilities of clay and the capacity to start all over again, to be reborn. Jesus's resurrection is an example of this.

What is the meaning of good soil? ›

Good soil structure is soft and crumbly, with granular aggregates that hold together even in water. Soil structure can also be blocky, platy, columnar or structureless, such as a single-grain sand or a massive clay soil.

Did Jesus have a wife? ›

"Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim," King said in a press release.

What language did the Jesus speak? ›

Most religious scholars and historians agree with Pope Francis that the historical Jesus principally spoke a Galilean dialect of Aramaic. Through trade, invasions and conquest, the Aramaic language had spread far afield by the 7th century B.C., and would become the lingua franca in much of the Middle East.

Where did Jesus write in the sand? ›

Jesus is in Jerusalem for one of the great Jewish holy days teaching a group near the Temple when Pharisees brought before him a woman caught in the act of adultery. Their purpose was really to test Jesus, to put him on the spot, so as to ridicule him. John 8:11 records the story.

What is Jesus most important parable? ›

Jesus often spoke in parables. The parable of the sower is the only one recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Which parable is in all four Gospels? ›

Answer and Explanation: None of Jesus' parables are in all four of the canonical Gospels because John's Gospel does not have parables.

What is an example of a modern day parable? ›

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a good example of a modern parable. The central moral is that mankind should not challenge the works and abilities of God. Dr. Frankenstein does exactly that by creating his monster.

What are the seven parables in Matthew 13? ›

Matthew 13. Jesus explains why He teaches with parables—He gives the parables of the sower, the wheat and the tares, the grain of mustard seed, the leaven, the treasure hidden in the field, the pearl of great price, and the net cast into the sea—A prophet is not honored by his own people.

What does Matthew 13 34 mean? ›

God has called every believer to go further still in our depth and knowledge of Him – we were not saved for superficiality. It is our privilege to delve into a richer and fuller knowledge of Him Who is boundless in His wisdom. Every sliver of knowledge obtained also carries with it the call to its obedience.

What is the kingdom heaven? ›

Kingdom of God, also called Kingdom Of Heaven, in Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels.

Who was the sower in the parable of the sower? ›

Jesus later explains to his disciples that the seed represents the Gospel, the sower represents anyone who proclaims it, and the various soils represent people's responses to it.

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