Parable of the Sower
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The secrets of the kingdom of heaven give us a window into the way the kingdom comes. The parables in Matthew 13 walk us through different aspects of this kingdom, from its coming to its consummation. These secrets are giving to those with ears to hear.
In the parable of the sower the first secret is let out of the bag – the kingdom comes through hearing. The Apostle Paul understood this. He puts it quite bluntly,
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Ro 10:17)
To see how the kingdom comes, we will look at the different elements of this parable: the seed, the soil, and the sower.