The Good News – The Parable of the Sower

   And on that day Yahushua went out of the house and sat to teach by the sea. And large crowds were gathered together to Him, so that He went into a boat and sat down. And all the crowd stood on the beach. And He spoke to them much in parables, and said to them in His teaching, “See, the sower went out to sow.”
   “And as he sowed, some indeed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.”
   “And others fell on rocky places, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered.”
   “And others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them. “And others fell on good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
   Having said this He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
   And when He was alone, the taught ones, the twelve, came to him said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
   And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the shamayim, but to them it has not been given.”
   “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.”
   “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. “And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, And He said, “Go, and you shall say to this people, ‘Hearing, you hear, but do not understand; and seeing, you see, but do not know.’ “Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall turn and be healed.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 6:9-10)
   And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then shall you understand all the parables?”
   “And blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear, for truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous ones longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. “You, then, hear the parable of the sower:
   “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside.”
   “And that sown on rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived, and when pressure or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”
   “And that sown among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless.”
   “And that sown on the good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields – some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
   And He said to them, “Would a lamp be brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be put on a lampstand?”
   “No one having lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those coming in see the light.”
   “For whatever is hidden shall be revealed, and whatever has been kept secret, shall come to light.”
   “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
   And He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it shall be measured to you, and more shall be added to you who hear.”
   “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.”

Exposition

 This portion of the Chronological Order of the Good News, a heavily quoted parable is found in the books of Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:1-23, Marços (Mark) 4:1-23, and Luços (Luke) 8-1:16. This is one of those few that we will break down line by line with Messiah’s explanation in the same portion, and possibly some other reflections:
 
p.   “And as he sowed, some indeed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.”
exp. “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside.”
– I would like to go one step further in this explanation – this word never makes an impact due to the failure to listen or a heart not ready to receive it. The sower in this case is the Father through the Ruach HaKodesh and the seed is the Word of Elohim.

 

 p.  “And others fell on rocky places, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered.”
exp. “And that sown on rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived, and when pressure or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”
– The rocky places represent those with an “uncircumcised heart.” Those with an uncircumcised heart, lack the love of Messiah in their heart and the ability for the Father to write His Words in their inward parts:
Yechezeq’el(Ezekiel) 11:19-20
(19) And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
(20) That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their Elohim.
Yechezeq’el(Ezekiel) 36:26-28
(26) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
(27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
(28) And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your Elohim.
– The root is Yahushua/Yeshua the Messiah: 
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:10It shall happen in that day, that the root of Yishai (Jesse), who stands for an ensign of the peoples, to him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be highly esteemed.
 p. “And others fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them.”
 exp.  “And that sown among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless.”
– Those veiled in comfortability wrap themselves up in the pleasures of the world, and while excited by the Word of Elohim and the idea of the love of Messiah, cannot change due to social pressure or the trappings of the world. The example is shown in Mattityahu 19 regarding the rich man asking what is needed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 19:20-22:
(20) The young man said to him, “All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?”
(21) Yeshua said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
(22) But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.

 

p. “And others fell on good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
 exp.  “And that sown on the good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields – some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
– Growth depends on the readiness of the individual and the “malleability” of the heart and mind. We, as believers, must fertilize the soil to get the maximum yield. If we are of good soil, we are guaranteed to produce good fruit – how much is up to you!

 

Finally –  All will be revealed in time, no secret will remain without light to lead us to the path of understanding and righteousness. Until then, bear good fruit where you are planted, fertilize and nourish yourself, and be a light to the nations! Shalom Aleichem.