The Parable of the Sower
(Matthew 13:1–9; Luke 8:4–8)
1 Once again Jesus began to teach beside the sea, and such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people crowded along the shore.
2 And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said,
5 Some fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings, and they yielded no crop.
8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it sprouted, grew up, and produced a crop—one bearing thirtyfold, another sixtyfold, and another a hundredfold.”
9 Then Jesus said,
The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables
(Isaiah 6:1–13;Matthew 13:10–17; Luke 8:9–10)
10 As soon as Jesus was alone with the Twelve and those around Him, they asked Him about the parable.
‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn
and be forgiven.’ a”
The Parable of the Sower Explained
(Matthew 13:18–23; Luke 8:11–15)
13 Then Jesus said to them,
16 Some are like the seeds sown on rocky ground. They hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But they themselves have no root, and they remain for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18 Others are like the seeds sown among the thorns. They hear the word, 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 Still others are like the seeds sown on good soil. They hear the word, receive it, and produce a crop—thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or a hundredfold.”
The Lesson of the Lamp
21 Jesus also said to them,
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24 He went on to say,
The Seed Growing Secretly
26 Jesus also said,
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
(Matthew 13:31–32; Luke 13:18–19)
30 Then He asked,
33 With many such parables Jesus spoke the word to them, to the extent that they could understand. 34 He did not tell them anything without using a parable. But privately He explained everything to His own disciples.
Jesus Calms the Storm
(Psalm 107:1–43; Matthew 8:23–27; Luke 8:22–25)
35 When that evening came, He said to His disciples,
37 Soon a violent windstorm came up, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are perishing?”
39 Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea.
41 Overwhelmed with fear, they asked one another, “Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”