Table of Contents


10. The First Group of Parables

Jesus began to teach by the sea 
(Matt 13:1-3 Mark 4:1-2 Luke 8:4)

On that day Jesus went out of the house, and sat by the seaside. Again he began to teach by the seaside. When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he entered into a boat, and sat, and all the multitude stood on the beach. 

He spoke to them many things in parables.


First Group of Parables
The Sower
(Matt 13:3-9 Mark 4:3-9 Luke 8:5-8)

"Listen! Behold, a farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root and because they had no moisture, they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them and it yielded no fruit. Others fell on good soil, growing up and increasing, they yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


First Group of Parables
The Seed Growing of Itself 
( Mark 4:26-29)

He said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn't know how. For the earth bears fruit: first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest has come."


First Group of Parables
The Tares
(Matt 13:24-30)

He set another parable before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel weeds also among the wheat, and went away. But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel weeds appeared also. The servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?' 

He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' 

The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and gather them up?' 

"But he said, 'No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel weeds, you root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest time I will tell the reapers, "First, gather up the darnel weeds, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'"


First Group of Parables
The Mustard Seed 
(Matt 13:31-32 Mark 4:30-32)

He set another parable before them, saying, "How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it? The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches."


First Group of Parables
The Leaven and Many Such Parables 
(Matt 13:33-35 Mark 4:33-34)

He spoke another parable to them. "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened." 

Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; 
he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. and without a parable, he didn't speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world." but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.


Previous Chapter l Table Contents l Next Chapter