This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our series, “Stories of the Kingdom: Parables of Jesus,” by looking at the parable of the sower and the soils in Matthew 13:3-9 and Jesus’ explanation of it in Matthew 13:18-23. This was also our annual Eastbrook Outdoors service.
“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed….’”
- “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you” (13:11)
- “The message of the kingdom…sown in his heart” (13:19)
- Basic contrast: good soil and bad soil
- Types of bad soil:
- Soil along the path
- Rocky soil
- Thorny soil
- The nature of good soil
Three Perspectives on the Sower
- God the Father (Jeremiah 31:27-28; Hosea 2:23; Isaiah 55:10-11)
- Jesus the Son (Matthew 7:24-29; 9:35-38; 11:1; 13:1-3)
- Disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10:1-5; 28:18-20)
This week dig deeper into Jesus’ parable of the sower and the soils in one or more of the following ways:
- Journal about this parable, expressing your thoughts about it, what God is teaching you through it, as well as your prayers to God about it.
- Draw, paint, or ink the story of the sower as a way of reflecting on what Jesus is saying and praying about your own response to the Lord.
- Try to retell Jesus’ parable and its meaning to someone you know this week, discussing with them what it means for our lives.
- Watch the Bible Project’s video, “The Parables of Jesus”