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“The Parable of the Sower.” The Parable of the Sower and its explanation is in Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23; Mark 4:3-9, 14-20; and Luke 8:5-8, 11-15.

The parable Jesus tells in verses 3-8 is almost universally referred to as “The Parable of the Sower” because that is what Jesus called it (Matt. 13:18). However, it could just as well be called “The Parable of the Soils,” because the parable is not primarily about God who sows the seed; nor is it about the seed itself, which is the Word of God (Mark 4:14; Luke 8:11). The “sower” in the Parable of the Sower is not specifically named because it is anyone who speaks the Word to lead people to salvation.

[For more information on the Parable of the Sower, see commentary on Matt. 13:3.]

“Listen!” The Greek is akouō (#191 ἀκούω), which means to hear, to listen, or to understand, and it is in the imperative mood. Coupled with idou (“Pay attention!) it is an extremely powerful way to say that we better pay attention to what Jesus is saying in the parable.

“Pay attention!” The Greek word is idou (#2400 ἰδού), and it is used to get our attention. See commentary on Matthew 1:20.

“The sower went out to sow.” The seed in this parable is the word of God (Mark 4:14; Luke 8:11), specifically the “message about the kingdom” (Matt. 13:19) which Jesus and others were preaching and teaching that if a person believed would lead to salvation. Now, in the Administration of Grace, people believe in the death, resurrection, and Lordship of Jesus to be saved (Rom. 10:9). The “sower” is not specifically named in this parable because it is anyone who speaks the Word to lead people to salvation.

Commentary for: Mark 4:3