THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER, RENDERED IN TONGUES, AND THE INTERPRETATION
wherein Jesus Christ first spoke in tongues, and then interpreted the tongue; therefore, biblical “divers kinds of tongues” (1 Cor 12:10) should be understood to include, and perhaps primarily so, “parables.”
BY THE WAYSIDE
(Mat 13:3,4) And he spake many things unto them in parables [the tongue spoken to “great multitudes” Mat 13:2], saying, Behold, a sower [Gk: to scatter seed] went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
1. (Mat 13:18,19) Hear ye [the interpretation of the tongue spoken to “the disciples” Mat 13:10] therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side [Gk: road side].
(Mark 4:3,4) Hearken; Behold [the tongue spoken to “a great multitude” Mark 4:1], there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
1. (Mark 4:13-15) And he said unto them [the interpretation of the tongue spoken to “they that were about him with the twelve” Mark 4:10], Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
(Luke 8:5) [The tongue spoken to “much people” Luke 8:4] A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down [Gk: trampled down; fig. to reject with disdain] [by men], and the fowls of the air [that we may now identify as unclean spirits, fallen angels, devils, demons] devoured it.
1. (Luke 8:11,12) [The interpretation of the tongue spoken to “his disciples” Luke 8:9] Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
2. Commentary: Men and spirits. Please note that fallen men and fallen spirits work together to do this. The operational formation is fallen spirits inside fallen men. What exactly are they doing, and why are they doing it? Are these evil beings destroying the seed, or are they those that “taketh away” the seed? Can anyone or anything ever destroy the seed? Is the seed eternal? Is the seed Holy?
(Mat 13:5,6) Some [seed, the Word of God] fell upon stony places, where they [the seeds, Word] had not much earth [i.e., shallow ground]: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness [Gk: profundity: depth] of earth: And when the sun was up [their sin was exposed and], they were scorched [Gk: burned]; and because they had no root [of love to forgive their sin], they withered away [Gk: desiccated; to shriveled: dried up].
1. (Mat 13:20,21) But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself [of love for protection from the sun], but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth [parallel to “when the sun was up” but representing the workings of Satan’s unleashed (loosened) wrath] because of the word, by and by he is offended [Gk: entrapped, tripped up, stumbles, enticed to sin].
(Mark 4:5-6) And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
1. (Mark 4:16,17) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
(Luke 8:6) And some [seed, the Word of God] fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture [the water of the Holy Spirit; the water of the Word of God: Eph 5:26, to maintain its growth; life either grows or dies, increases or decreases, it never remains static].
1. (Luke 8:13) They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [Gk: testing] fall away [Gk: remove, revolt; to desist, desert: depart, withdraw self].
(Mat 13:7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
1. (Mat 13:22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness [Gk: delusions] of riches, choke the word [Gk: to strangle completely /// take by the throat], and he becometh unfruitful [barren: without fruit].
(Mark 4:7) And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
1. (Mark 4:18,19) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts [Gk: a longing (espec. for what is forbidden)] of other things entering in [i.e., demonic activity], choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
(Luke 8:7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
1. (Luke 8:14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: completion (maturity): ripen].
(Mat 13:8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
1. (Mat 13:23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it [versus “and understandeth it not” Mat 13:19 “by the wayside”]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
(Mark 4:8) And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
1. (Mark 4:20) And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
(Luke 8:8) And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
1. (Luke 8:15) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
SUMMATION: THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM
(Luke 8:9,10) And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables [i.e., tongues]; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.