of these folks in churches. To press every detail of the story into service for all the incidentals about the kingdom is going to far. It would be too easy to say that the only reason Jesus used parables was to conceal the truth, for parables are a means of communication. The Greek word literally means a throwing or placing things along side of each other, for the purpose of comparison. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
We dare not consider some who share Gods word and see only a small response to be less spiritual or talented than those who share Gods word and see great responses. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. What is being revealed to the disciples is not the person of Jesus or the nature of God, but the coming of the kingdom into history in advance of its glorious manifestation friar Lawrence: Caring or Selfish (Ladd, Presence,. Some times it might be an extended metaphor, or, an allegory, since it might not use like. Jesus now lays out the parallel ideas to explain the meaning. Figures that Jesus used in the parables are used consistently. 9 In Lauren Beukes ' 2013 novel The Shining Girls, the body of one of the victims, Jin-Sook Au, a social worker, is found with a copy of Parable of the Sower. This section is most helpful then, because not only does it explain why parables were being used, but gives the meaning of the parable itself.