This is a repost from a Facebook friend, David P. Ward, an excellent Bible teacher. I call the parable of the sower the ‘granddaddy’ of all the parables. I enjoy his comments..note especially his emphasis that this parable shows the character of God & the character of Satan, and the different types of response to the Word of God in the hearts of people:
David P. Ward
In Mark 4:13, Jesus told His disciples, “If you understand this parable (the parable of the sower), you will understand all other parables.”
And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
The parable of the sower is the first parable ever given by Jesus. It is a parable that teaches the character of God, the character of Satan, and the importance of man’s heart in receiving the Word of God. The sower, the seed, and the thief remain constant in this parable. The only thing that changes is the condition of the soil, which represents the condition of man’s heart.
The Bible says affliction and persecution arises because of the Word’s sake. The more Word we receive, the more Satan wants to come against us. He will try to steal from your family, from your finances, and from life so that you will become discouraged. Throughout the parable of the sower, Satan tries to steal the Word and stop the progression of the Word in the believer’s life.