Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the waters edge. He tought them many things by parables and in his teaching said
As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. Bt when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that the did not bear grain.
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, sixty, some a hundred times.
Then Jesus said, "Whoever has ears, let them hear"
Whe he was alone, the Twelve and others around him asked about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the Kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that they may be seeing but never percieving, and ever hearing but never understanding otherewise they might turn and be forgiven!"
Then Jesus said to them "Don't you understand this parable? How then will you understand any Parable?
The farmer sows the word
some people are like seed along th path, where the word is sown. as soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown into them.
Others, like seed sown in rocky places, hear the word and at once recieve it with joy. But since they have no root, they only last a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the world, they quickly fall away.
Still others, like seeds sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the decietfullness of wealth and desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop- some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.