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Webster's dictionary defines a parable as a story that illustrates a moral lesson. In Mark 4: 1-9, 13-20, Mark depicts Jesus preaching "The Parable of the Sower," by the sea, to a crowd so enormous that Jesus was forced to preach in a boat in order to give himself space. In Mark's version of "The Parable of the Sower," Jesus' moral lesson or main point was to show how different people respond to his word (Teachings), and to show what happens when good Christians receive the word of the Lord and act accordingly. There are many different interpretations of the purpose of this parable; however, all consist of the same moral lesson. The Moral lesson of "The Parable of the Sower" can be applied to today's society in many ways. The parable could relate to the way people refer to themselves as Christians, but do not act accordingly. It could also be applied to Christians, who attend mass, but do not apply Christ's teachings in everyday life. A proper example of the parable is portrayed in the lives of missionaries and ordained members of the church. The sower (Jesus) casts out numerous seeds (Teachings), but how many of the surfaces (Listeners) of which they are cast upon allow the seeds (Teachings) to prosper and grow?
In Mark's version of "The Parable of the Sower," Jesus' moral lesson or main point was to show how different people respond to "God's Word," and to show what happens when good Christians receive the word of the Lord and act accordingly. Jesus taught his moral lesson by comparing himself to a "sower," his word to "seeds," and different types of people to "soil" (Mark 4: 1-9,13-20). Jesus spread his seeds (word) to all types of soil (People). Jesus spread his seeds (Word) on the path, rocky soil, thorns, and good soil (Mark 4: 3-8).
The first two soils of the parable symbolize problems that prevent the seeds (Jesus' word) from growing. In the parable, the seeds that were cast upon the path were eaten by birds (Mark 4: 4). The path upon which the seeds were cast is supposed to represent people, who upon hearing the word have it taken away by Satan (Mark 4: 15). The seeds that were sowed on the rocky ground grew quickly, but becaus
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