PARABLE: The Sower
This new series will consist of short commentaries on Jesus' parables. The attempt is to present these studies in a "footnote" kind of way: short and to the point, but "in-depth" enough for the reader to get a decent understanding and spark their interest for more study.
Yeshua said, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given” (Matt 13:11). From this, we understand that these parables are given for only certain people to understand: his disciples. In other words, if one is not truly following Messiah, they're going to misapply these parables. For this reason, we find various, faulty interpretations of these teachings. The purpose of this series is to view these parables with the view Christ intended.
The parable itself is given in vv. 3-17. The Lord says “Here ye therefore” and begins to explain it. The parables relate to the kingdom, specifically the Lord’s churches, and do not always deal with “spirit salvation” (being “born again”). The Sower is Jesus Christ, not a hapless salesman, and The Word is that message of the Kingdom, otherwise known as the Gospel of the Kingdom as John the immerser and Yeshua exclaimed—it includes “all things whatsoever” the Lord gave us (see the "Great Comission").
The most important aspects of this parable are the soils. The Wayside has no interest in hearing about the “word of the kingdom.” They are reprobate (not chosen of God); The Stony Place is the child of God who “hath no root in himself” and “dureth for a while.” The Thorny Ground represents a child of God who sets their affection on things of this world, and their love is choked out—they, like the Stony-Ground hearer, fall out of fellowship with the son and Father, but not out of eternal life; The Good Soil is the child of God who brings forth fruit. The values, “hundredfold…sixty…thirty…” demonstrate the idea of not being barren in our knowledge of Jesus Christ; the values represent Christians who remain faithful to the Lord bring forth fruit, or growth, to varying degrees. These fruitful, faithful few are counted as the "Bride" in other parables, as we'll see.