The hidden meaning behind the parable of the sower?

Anyone for hide and seek?
 
a child playing hide and seek

Why did Jesus use parables to teach things in hidden ways?
Time Out. Talk about…A speech bubble what is a parable?

In this parable (this story that teaches a special lesson with a hidden meaning) do you suppose Jesus was trying to tell us how to plant seeds?
 
No, this story is more than a description of farming practices. But what is the hidden meaning?
Time Out. Talk about…A speech bubbleWhat do you suppose the hidden meaning is?

Did you see this parable as describing the degree to which people accept God? The seed can be considered the message of God’s forgiveness, salvation and great love for us. The various kinds of soil in the story represent the hearts of those who hear of this message.

The four soils represent us!

That’s right, us — at various stages in our life, and even within one day. This talk of your “heart” means the deepest level of yourself; how we respond to the good news about Jesus.

Time Out. Talk about… A speech bubbleReview the four types of soil presented in this parable. How does each soil describe a person’s reaction to God?

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
Need a review of the parable? Watch the video in this post.

How are you preparing your heart for the seed Jesus is sowing?


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Family dinner games for the Parable of the Sower

The cover of the book: The Family Dinner

So what games have you been playing at the dinner table?

Playing games is what makes eating dinner together fun! (And memorable.) The book The Family Dinner has this to say about the goal of game playing at supper…

To lead everyone to great family stories and good conversations.

And if that conversation tends toward talking about issues of faith… all the better.

Here’s some games you can play that tie in with our current Rotation for the Cool Disciples at FUMC in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • What would you plant? Take turns telling what each family member would like to grow if you had a large garden.
  • Take it up a notch… assuming you could grow anything (such as colors of paint, or types of cars) what would each person like to try growing and why?
  • Play “Fortunately/Unfortunately” – one person starts off telling a story with a good or fortunate occurrence. Start off with: “Once upon a time, a farmer had good weather so he decided to plant some seeds.” The next person adds to the story with an unfortunate event, for example: “Unfortunately his bag for the seed had a hole in it.” The next person remedies the situation with another fortunate event, such as: “Fortunately, this farmer had a neighbor who had an extra bag.” Etc., etc. Back and forth with fortunate and unfortunate episodes.
  • Review the four different types of soil in the Parable of the Sower and note what happened to the seed on each soil. Go around the table and have everyone add one line to a modern-day story that conveys the same meaning. (How about a story about learning to ice skate?)

Have fun!

For more on making family dinners a priority, read here.


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Book cover – from my archives. (I took a picture of this book when I had it out of the library!)

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