Jesus uses the imagery of fallen seeds to describe the successes and failures of individuals who process God’s words in different ways: some good and some bad. In the parable of the sower in both the Gospels of Luke and Mark, four different kinds of seeds are described: those that fall on the ground, those that fall on the rock, those that fall in thorns, and those that fall into the ground. Each kind of seed allegorizes a specific kind of individual. The seeds that fall on the ground represent the stubborn and close-minded individuals who refuse God’s words, for “Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them” (Mark 4:15). The seeds that fall on the rock represent the superficially spiritual but shallow listeners, for “when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away” (Mark 4:17). The seeds that fall in thorns represent individuals whose words are lost among choices such as “the cares of the world, the delight in riches, and the desire for other things” (Mark 4:19). Finally, the seeds that fall into the ground represent the few individuals who are fully immersed in God’s world by understanding Him through and through.
Of the four kinds of seeds, only “those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones…who bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and...
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... is then an extension to the scolding that Jesus gives to the synagogue leader and those around him. In this Gospel, Jesus is portrayed as a teacher or a parent. Reprimanding the synagogue leader for saying the wrong things is parallel to yelling at the children for making a mistake. The behavior and the characteristic of Jesus change from Gospel to Gospel, yet He preaches the same idea to all his listeners over and over again, that getting closer to God requires both faith and effort.
From the two parables that Jesus tells to both his followers and skeptics, it is clarified that faith alone will not allow the individual to learn of God’s truth. The individual must pour effort into faith, growing and maturing it until his or her life is transformed spiritually, the act of completely converting into a Christian.
New Testament Bible, King James Version
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