“Listen! A sower went out to sow. 1
De 4:1; Ps 34:11; Ps 45:10; Pr 7:24; Pr 8:32; Ec 11:6; Isa 28:23-26; Isa 46:3,12; Isa 55:1,2; Mt 13:3,24,26; Mr 4:9,23; Mr 4:14,26-29; Mr 7:14,16; Lu 8:5-8; Joh 4:35-38; Ac 2:14; 1Co 3:6-9; Heb 2:1-3; Jas 2:5; Re 2:7,11,29
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1 sn A sower went out to sow. The background for this well-known parable, drawn from a typical scene in the Palestinian countryside, is a field through which a well worn path runs. Sowing would occur in late fall or early winter (October to December) in the rainy season, looking for sprouting in April or May and a June harvest. The use of seed as a figure for God’s giving life has OT roots (Isa 55:10-11). The point of the parable of the sower is to illustrate the various responses to the message of the kingdom of God (cf. 4:11).