Today, and the next couple of weeks, we are going to talk about parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. In Greek, Parables mean to compare together. Today’s lesson is a parable about a Sower and is found in Mathew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20 and
Jesus is saying that some people will be like the hard soil, will not listen and brush off what you tell them about Jesus. They are too worried about their life and activities that they are involved in.
And, Jesus tells us in this parable that you will have those who are like the good soil. The seed will get planted and they will grow. They will listen, study the Bible with you and learn, be baptized and be faithful telling their friends about God.
Everyone we meet is different, same as the different soils that the seeds were planted in, people we teach will react different. Think about your friends, or neighbors, or family that you might tell about Jesus. God's Word, the Bible is the seed Jesus is telling us about.
Jesus ended the parable by saying He who has ears, let him hear (we have 2 ears!). Jesus wants everyone to listen to His words. But not everyone will do His will.
I made this sower bag (my husband is wearing it so I could take the picture). Super easy to sew. I made the strap 4' long and 3" wide. The fabric is a type of burlap. I cut the fabric 24" X 30", folded it half so it is long with right sides together. I sewed the 2 sides together, then folded and sewed the edge round the top to finish it off. I folded the strap edges toward the center, (fold over one end to cover salvage if necessary), then attached to the sides. As I told the Bible lesson, I pretended to "sow the seeds". Simple, but great for this age group! While I talked about the last soil, the good soil, I handed out fruit snacks from the bag, of course, they loved that!
these seeds to 'toss' to the kids. They have a blank space on them for the students to write whatever you decide. The scripture tells us that the seed is the word of God, what is that. Or, what words (seeds) of God can we 'sow' to bring others to Jesus? The download has both color and black & white. You can print them here.
Bible Verse: “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11 (NKJV) Click on the above picture to print the Bible verse and the teacher's visual.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.