Lesson 24: The Parable of the Sower
Jesus did his best to teach everyone about the Word of God and the Kingdom of God. Jesus tried in different ways to make the people understand. Sometimes Jesus taught the people by telling them parables. A parable is a story. In the story, Jesus tried to make the people understand the Word of God. Jesus would compare the Word of God with things that happened in their everyday life. Jesus hoped that in this way the people would realize how important the Word of God was.
One parable Jesus taught, was called the Parable of the Sower. A sower is a person who plants or sows seed in his fields. Have you ever seen a farmer out in the fields planting seeds? Perhaps Jesus pointed to a man in his field sowing seed. In this field, the earth had been turned over ready for sowing. In the middle of the field was a hard path where the workers walked to the farmer's house. In one part of the field there was a lot of rocks and not much earth for the seed to grow in. Then there was another part of the field in which was a pile of weeds and thistles that had been taken out of the ground, but the roots were still in the ground and would grow again. Then there was another part of the field that was good ground. Flying over the field were many birds. The farmer went over all the field scattering the seed.
We can see that the seed would not grow on the hard path because the seed couldn't get into the earth and the birds would come down and eat the seeds. In the rocky ground seed can grow only a little while, but soon it withers and dies. The seed cannot grow in the ground where the roots and thorns and thistles are. The weeds would grow again and choke the seed. The seed could grow in the good ground. The good ground was made ready by digging and taking out the weeds and thistles.
We want to be like the good ground. We want to make ourselves ready to accept the Word of God. If we have weeds or rocks, we must throw them out. Our weeds or rocks might be our bad habits we have, or anything we do that would not please Jesus. Of course, we want to throw these things right out of our lives. We want to keep good ground. That is, we want to keep good hearts. We want to let the Word of God live in our hearts. When the Word of God lives in our hearts, then we are kind and do good things, which please Jesus and our Heavenly Father. (Matthew 13: 18-23)
- Sometimes Jesus taught the people by telling them _______________.
- What did Jesus mean by a sower?
- What kind of ground was in the middle of the field?
- Why couldn't the seed grow in the rocky ground?
- Why couldn't the seed grow in the ground where the roots or weeds were?
- What was the good ground like?
- What did the birds do that were flying over the field?
- Which kind of ground do we want to be like?
- How can we be like the good ground?