Parable of the Sower

lindscriptorium

Holy Island, United Kingdom

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Created: 2010

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Matthew 13 (New International Version)

3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”

13Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14The farmer sows the word. 15Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

In this illustration of the well known parable I have shown the rocky soil to be symbolic of sin, separating us from the life-giving water which is God, each of the ‘seven deadly sins’ are represented as examples. The hand on the left is Satan whirling the seeds away from the ground, the one on the right is the stranglehold of worldly things. The fruit on the tree is the ultimate God-given fruitfulness of a wide open heart, open and vulnerable to God and to others.

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