The parable of the sower (Mark 4: 1–20)

The parable of the sower is an allegory about the Kingdom of God. In other words, everything in the story represents something else.

It is a growth parable.

ParableMeaningSignificance for today
A man went out to sow grain.The man represents God and the seed is His message.Just as a planted seed starts to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within a person.
Some seed fell on the path and the birds ate it.The birds represent Satan. The seed on the path represents people who hear the message, but it is immediately lost.Some people don’t live a good Christian life because they are focused on other things.
Some seed fell on rocky ground where there was little soil. The seed soon sprouted, but when the sun came up it burnt the young plants.The seed on the rocky ground represents people who respond with initial enthusiasm, but the word of God does not sink in deep. When persecution or hard times (represented by the sun) come along they give up at once.Some people cannot commit to the Christian lifestyle. They are initially attracted but give up when the going gets tough.
Some seed fell among thorn bushes which grew up and choked the plants.The thorn bushes choke the message of God. It is heard, but people’s concern for riches and worries about life cause the grain to die.Some people are too concerned with what others think and they worry too much. They may be jealous, angry or concerned with materialism.
Some seed fell on good soil and the plants produced corn. Good soil represents people who hear the message and live it in their lives.Some people have strong faith and remain dedicated to a Christian lifestyle, even when things are difficult.

The parable of the sower in pictures

The seed that fell here could not grow and it was eaten by birds.