KNOW YE NOT THIS PARABLE?
(Mark 4:13,14) And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word [Gk: logos].
(Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word [Gk: logos] of God.
THE PARABLE: (“divers kinds of tongues” 1 Cor 12:10)
(Mat 13:1-9) The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES
(Mat 13:10-17) And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them [the multitudes] in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you [His disciples] to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them [to those who are not His disciples] it is not given. For whosoever hath [understanding], to him shall be given [more understanding], and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not [understanding], from him shall be taken away even that [understanding - (stoney places)] he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand [the hidden message]. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah [Isa 6:9,10], which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross [Gk: thickened, fattened, stupefied, rendered callous], and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted [be born-again], and I should heal [Gk: cure: make whole] them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
THE PARABLE: (“the interpretation of tongues” 1 Cor 12:10)
(Mat 13:18,19) Hear [Gk: understand] ye 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 [seed] which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
(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 [i.e., Jesus Christ: Isa 11:10; Rom 15:12; Rev 5:5; Rev 22:16] in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [Gk: entrapped, tripped up, stumbles, is enticed to sin].
(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: delusion /// to cheat] of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
(Mat 13:23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.