Text: Matthew 13, Mark 4
Highlights: Today’s reading includes several parables including the Sower, the Tares, the Hidden Treasure, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Leaven. Jesus also explains why He used parables. A rejection at Nazareth is recorded as well as the account of Jesus calming the storm.
The Parable of the Sower describes four different types of soil which represent four different attitudes and responses to the teaching of the gospel. Only one accepts the word and goes on to bear fruit for God. The other 3 are all insufficient due to various reasons.
Why do some accept and apply God’s word and others do not? Is it our choice or are all things predetermined by God? What does Jesus say in these chapters about personal responsibility? Consider especially Mark 4: 9 and 23.