The Parable of Parables

Matthew 13:1-23

Our hearts need to be humble, sincere, and dedicated if they are to produce the fruit of the kingdom. How do you tell this to farmers? You tell them that their hearts need to be like soft, deep, rich soil – the ideal place to grow a harvest. That’s what Jesus did when he used the Parable of the Sower. He was speaking to a Galilean farming community and he spoke about a farmer throwing seed on four different types of soil: a hard path, soil covered rock, a mound of weeds (thorns), and a patch of good soil.
I can imagine all the farmers nodding in agreement. They knew how seed responds to different types of soil. But as soon as Jesus finished giving this exposition on seeds and soil he said “He who has ears, let him hear,” and he got up and walked off. He did not bother to explain the parable! More