by Marvin D. Patterson

The Parable of the Planter
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 13

As we approach Matthew 13, we see Jesus using a different kind of communication method - that of parables. If you will remember, Jesus and the disciples were accused of breaking the Sabbath Day by eating corn. And then Jesus told the Pharisees that he was the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus said the Pharisees were wicked and adulterous, and that brought on a confrontation with them that would end with Him being nailed to the Cross of Calvary. Chapter twelve was a major turning point in the ministry of Christ, as the religious leaders of the day plotted his death, so he turns from them and instructs His disciples.

Now Jesus leaves the house of which he was confronting these religious rulers, and begins to communicate with parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus starts these stories with the known, and takes the listeners to that which is unknown. It was a very interesting way to communicate a message.

The word "parable" comes from two Greek words (para and ballo¯), which together mean "to throw alongside." A parable, like an illustration, makes a comparison between a known truth and an unknown truth; it throws them alongside each other.

This first parable is that of a farmer, who went out into the field, and sowed some seed to bring a bountiful harvest. We can identify with this parable because many of you have just planted gardens in the last few weeks. In the land of Palestine, the area around the Sea of Galilee was an agricultural area. So Jesus uses this situation and geography to teach the principles of the kingdom of God. How many of you have planted a garden this year? How many of you have ever planted a garden, big or small? The principle of the harvest is that we get what we sow, but Jesus looks at the different kinds of ground and compares that to the reception of the Gospel as it is taken out into the world. With that being sai ...

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