6.24 Explained the Parable of the Sower

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Apr 9 6.24 The disciples asked him privately,1 “Why do you speak in parables?”

    He replied, You have been granted to know the secrets of the heavenly kingdom, but they havent. Whoever has, is given more, so he has in abundance.2 Whoever hasnt, even that which he has will be taken away. This is why I use parables, so they see without perceiving, and hear without understanding. For them, Isaiahs prophecy is being fulfilled:3 You will keep hearing without understanding, and keep seeing without perceiving; for the heart of this people has become hardened and their ears dull. Their eyes and ears have been closed, so they can neither see nor hear with understanding, lest they repent and I will heal them. But blessed4 are your eyes and ears for they see and hear. Truly, many prophets and righteous men have longed to see and hear these things but didnt.”

Apr 10 Jesus asked, “If you dont understand this parable, how will you understand all others? Now listen to the meaning. The seed is Gods word. When anyone hears the message of the kingdom and doesnt understand, the evil one snatches away that sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the roadside. That sown upon the rock is he who immediately receives the message with joy, but it only takes temporary root. When the message causes trouble or persecution he falls away. That sown among thorns is he who hears the message, but worldly cares and the deceit of riches choke it, making it unfruitful. That sown on good soil is he who hears, accepts and understands the word. With  patience, his fruit increases thirty, sixty, a hundred times.”